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Orkney Library and Archive

Orkney Library and ArchiveOrkney Library and Archive provides a wide range of services, many of them free of charge, and welcomes everybody, whether a resident of Orkney or just visiting. The Orkney Library and Archive, in Kirkwall, also includes library services from the Stromness Library and Library Online which can be accessed via the internet.

Contact Details

Orkney Library and Archive

44 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1AG.

Telephone: 01856873166 (from 09:00).

Email: Orkney Library and Archive.

Stromness Library

Warehouse Buildings, 2-12 Victoria Street, Stromness, KW16 3AA.

Telephone: 01856850907 (from 09:00 and 11:00 on Sat).

Email: Stromness Library.

Opening Times

DayOrkney Library, KirkwallArchiveStromness Library, Warehouse Buildings
Monday. 10:00 to 18:00. 10:00 to 18:00. 9:15 to 18:45.
Tuesday. 10:00 to 18:00. 10:00 to 18:00. 9:15 to 16:45.
Wednesday. 10:00 to 18:00. Closed. 9:15 to 16:45.
Thursday. 10:00 to 18:00. 10:00 to 18:00. 9:15 to 16:45.
Friday. 10:00 to 17:00. 10:00 to 17:00. 9:15 to 16:45.
Saturday. 10:00 to 17:00. 10:00 to 17:00. 11:00 to 15:45.
Sunday. Closed.  Closed.  Closed.

Mobile Library

Orkney Library and Archive operates a Mobile Library Service that serves the rural parishes and islands of Orkney. The Mobile Library carries a wide range of books and audio books suitable for all ages and is completely free to use.

The timetable for the Mobile Library is aired daily on BBC Radio Orkney (93.7FM) between 07:30 and 08:00 Monday to Friday, where any alterations or cancellations will also be announced.

Orkney Library Account Login

Login to your Orkney Library account via the 'Orkney Library Account Login' link in the 'Related Sites' section of this page. Your 'borrower number' is required and can be found on your library card. Forgotten PINs can be reset from the same screen if necessary.

Orkney Library Catalogue

Use the 'Orkney Library Catalogue' link from the 'Related Sites' section of this page to search the Library Catalogue to find books, e-books, journals, other electronic and non-print materials.


The following services are available:

  • Borrow books.
  • Online library services.
  • eBooks and eAudio.
  • CDs to suit all musical tastes.
  • A selection of films on DVD and Boxed sets.
  • Newspapers and magazines.
  • Internet access and Free Wi-Fi.
  • Mobile Library service.
  • Book box service.
  • Home Library Service.
  • Colour photocopying and printing.
  • Story times for children.
  • Bookbug sessions.
  • Meeting rooms for hire.
  • Trace your Orcadian family roots.
  • Study local history.
  • View the Photographic Archive collection.
  • Listen to oral history recordings.

For full information on the services provided, please visit the Orkney Library and Archive website from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

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