Our aim is to deliver a first-class service to teachers and pupils by providing a great range of resources to support the school curriculum. We also aim to provide quality reading materials to motivate children to read and learn for pleasure. Teachers can sign up for a special School Membership card which allows them to borrow books and materials for a period of three months so that they can keep them for a whole term. This is particularly useful for borrowing project materials which they can keep for the duration of the topic.
If you’re a teacher and would like some books on a particular topic then browse our online catalogue or get in touch with the library and we can help you get the books you need.
The Mobile Library visits all of the rural schools and most of the island schools throughout Orkney. Teachers can use their School Membership to allow their pupils to choose and borrow their own books from the Mobile Library during class visits. If teachers require multiple books on a specific topic for class projects they can get in touch with the Library and a selection of suitable books can be delivered by the Mobile Library on the next visit.
We have multiple copies of many books aimed at junior and teenage readers. They are available to anyone but will be particularly useful for school, clubs or reading groups. To find out what titles are available go to our online catalogue.
Museum Loan Boxes
We have a number of loanable Museum Boxes which contain artefacts, clothing, books and photographs. These can be borrowed by teachers to assist with projects and can be issued for a whole term. You can also book our Museum Boxes for a future term. Due to high demand the Museum Boxes are reserved and loaned on a first come first served basis.
Museum Loan Box Topics
- Do you remember the 50s
- Domestic Life
- Grand houses of Orkney
- Stone Age
- Straw work
- Trade craft & industries
- Victorians (2 boxes)
- Vikings (2 boxes)
- World War II (2 boxes)
If you have any questions about the Museum Boxes email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Orkney Library & Archive on 01856 873166