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Orkney Library & Archive will CLOSE at 3pm on Christmas Eve and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday 5th January 2022
Our Book Return Box will also be CLOSED during this period

Coronavirus Information

Orkney Library & Archive is open to the public. All visitors to the Library or Archive are required to provide details for Test & Protect purposes and some of our services still require advance booking. Face coverings should still be worn when visiting Orkney Library & Archive, and Warehouse Buildings in Stromness. The opening up of our services has been a gradual process to ensure the safety of our staff and customers at all times. Check this page regularly to find out all the latest visitor information.

Books and archives since 1683

Orkney Library & Archive

Orkney Library & Archive is on Junction Road right in the heart of Kirkwall and Stromness Library is situated in the Warehouse Buildings at the historic pierhead in Stromness.



Online Resources




The Library service provides access to over 145,000 items

We have a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles available for loan as well as audiobooks, maps, eBooks, music CDs and DVDs and we also have a well stocked junior and teenage library.

Online Catalogue

You can browse our full catalogue online. If there is an item you require that we do not have in our collection, it may be possible to acquire from another library on your behalf as an Inter-Library Loan. Find out more about this service by clicking here.

Reference Room

Upstairs we have a Reference Room which has an extensive collection of resources including reference books, maps and local government information. There are also study carrels with power sockets and desk lamps which are ideal for quiet study.

Our Foyer

In the foyer there is comfortable seating, a hot drinks machine and a selection of local and national newspapers and magazines. There is also a selection of withdrawn books for sale.

Free Wi-Fi

We have FREE Wi-Fi within the building and a number of public access computers with internet access which are FREE for Library members but are also available to visitors for a small charge.

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