Macmillan @ Edinburgh Libraries – providing cancer information and support in Edinburgh

Finding out that you or someone close to you has cancer is life changing. For many it is an introduction to a new and unfamiliar world; one which impacts on every aspect of your life, from your emotions and relationships to your health and even finances, this can often feel overwhelming.

We know how important it is to have the right kind of support during a time when you need it most whether that’s practical, emotional or financial and knowing what support is available in your area can make the future seem a little less daunting.

At Macmillan @ Edinburgh Libraries you’ll find a team of specially trained volunteers on hand to answer your questions.  They aim to give you “time away” from cancer clinics where you can find a friendly face and listening ear.  They offer confidential information and support to people affected by cancer, whether they are newly diagnosed, finished treatment, a family, family carer or friend.

Each library offers an informal warm and welcoming space where people can find lots of information on cancer and its impacts, as well as reading material that may help on a range of topics such as healthy eating or physical activity.

Information and support sessions can currently be found in Drumbrae, Morningside, Craigmillar, Portobello and Leith Libraries, with an information hub at Central Library.  These are drop in sessions where you don’t need an appointment.

All the cancer books can be requested free of charge from any City of Edinburgh library. And if the library information point hasn’t got exactly what you are looking for, more specialist information can be ordered free of charge from Macmillan.

Knowing that there is someone else to talk to, and can understand what you’re going through can be a huge help. Our library service is there to make sure that no one in Edinburgh has to face cancer alone.

For more information call 0131 242 8125 or email