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Bookbug in South Lanarkshire (formerly known as Bookstart) introduced the Bookstart for Babies packs in 1999 through a partnership between South Lanarkshire Library Services and our local Health Care Trusts. 



Bookbug Pack Gifting

The Bookbug Baby Bags  are distributed to parents by their Health Visitor at the 6-16 week health check.

The Bookbug Toddler Bags are distributed to parents by their Health Visitor or at the MMR vaccination.

The Bookbug Explorer Bags are distributed to 3 year olds in early year’s settings.


Bookbug’s Library Challenge

Bookbug’s Library Challenge, a free programme where pre-school children can collect stickers and certificates in return for borrowing books from the library, runs in each library in South Lanarkshire.  Each child is given their own Bookbug’s Library Challenge collector card and each time they visit the library they receive a sticker. When they have collected 4 stickers they will receive a lovely limited edition certificate.


Bookbug Sessions

Within South Lanarkshire, free Bookbug Sessions are run in all 25 libraries.  Bookbug Sessions are fun, free events for children aged birth to four and their parents, incorporating songs, rhymes, books and play. Click here for more information about Bookbug in South Lanarkshire



For accessibility information, please contact your local Bookbug Coordinator or see your local authority website.


Bookbug Co-ordinator

For queries about Bookbug sessions, please contact:

Jacqueline Haldane - Librarian


Telephone: 0141 613 5385


For queries about Baby and Toddler bags, please contact:

Customer Services (Procurement Department)


Telephone: 01355 584954 


For queries about Explorer bags only, please contact:

Cathie Johnstone


Telephone: 01698 454915

Please note that Cathie does not work on a Monday or Friday