The local studies collection is located in the Orkney Room, next to the Archive Searchroom. The collection encompasses a variety of different resources which include printed books, theses, magazines and pamphlets.
The resources relate particularly to the history and culture of Orkney and Shetland, dating from the 17th century onwards, but also includes material relating to Caithness. The local studies collection is on open access which means there is no need to make an appointment to use it.
Although the Archive is closed on Wednesdays the local studies collection is available during library opening hours.
Some examples of material in the local studies collection are:
- Proceedings of the Orkney Antiquarian Society
- Local magazines such as The Orkney View and Living Orkney
- Local directory Peace’s Almanac, dating from 1864 to 1940
- A comprehensive collection of books, papers and theses on the archaeology of Orkney and Shetland
- A comprehensive collection of Orkney fiction, featuring the works of Eric Linklater, George Mackay Brown and many other eminent writers
- Statistical Accounts for Orkney and Shetland
- The Icelandic Sagas, including the Orkneyinga Saga, an interpretation of the first conquest of Orkney by Norway and the subsequent history of the Earldom.
The Orkney Room provides tables and seating for researchers to work in comfort. Use of laptops is allowed and access to power points is provided
The titles in the Local Studies collection are included within the library catalogue so can be searched online. The location of the material will be shown as ‘Orkney Room’.