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Orkney Library & Archive has REOPENED TO THE PUBLIC. Restarting our many services will be a gradual and carefully phased process to ensure the safety of our staff and customers at all times. Check this page regularly to find out which services are available right now and which services remain closed. We will continue to provide updates here and across our social media pages. All restrictions are under constant review and will be relaxed as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so. Please note - Booking is required for all access to the Library or Archive Booking - Orkney Library & Archive reopened to the public on Monday 17th August. However, due to physical distancing restrictions the number of people permitted to access the building at any one time is limited. Therefore all visits to the Library or Archive must be booked by contacting us on 01856 873166 or emailing the Library at library@orkney.gov.uk or the Archive at archives@orkney.gov.uk. Test and Protect information will be recorded during the booking procedure. Face coverings must be worn at all times and the provided hand sanitiser should be used on entering the building and throughout your visit. Please maintain physical distancing at all times and follow all signage and instructions. In line with current Government guidelines only TWO people per household may enter the building during any one booking period though other household members are welcome to book successive slots; for example two people from a household may book a 10 - 10.30 slot then another two family members may book from 10.30 - 11. Secondary age school children are welcome to book a visit to either the Library or the Archive unaccompanied by an adult but children below secondary age must have an adult with them. We realise these restrictions are inconvenient but we are following the latest Government advice - all restrictions will be reviewed and relaxed as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so. Access to the building remains via the back door while construction work continues at the front of the building. Please note - anyone who does not have an appointment will not be permitted access to the building. Library Library - The Library is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 - 12.00 and from 14.00 to 16.00 with an additional hour from 17.00 to 18.00 on a Monday and Thursday evening. The period of closure each day will ensure that surfaces and facilities can be sanitised between visitors. Please contact the Library to book your visit. Borrowing items - Books and other loanable items can be borrowed as normal during your booked visit or you can use our Request & Collect Service at Kirkwall or Stromness. (see below) Returning items - Items can be returned at any time we are open by placing them on the returns desk inside the door. Booking is not required to return books because you are not fully entering the building but if you want to come in and use the library or borrow new items then booking is required. Items can also be returned by putting them into our Book Return boxes at Kirkwall or Stromness. The Book Return boxes are currently open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To avoid jamming the mechanism please only put loose items into the Book Box drawer - a bag of books will block the return drawer. Please note - returned items may remain on your account for a few days after you return them because all items are being quarantined before being handled by staff. Request & Collect Service - Our Request & Collect service remains in operation at Kirkwall and Stromness meaning customers can request items and collect them without entering the building. Requests can be made online or by phone or email. Once we have received your requests we will contact you to arrange a day for you to collect them. This will be a few days after requests are made. Books can either be reserved online using a library card, by sending an email to library@orkney.gov.uk or by phoning 01856 873166 (Kirkwall) or 01856 850907 (Stromness). Contacting the Library - If you need to contact the Library for any reason phone 01856 873166 or email us at library@orkney.gov.uk. You can also contact us via our social media pages. Archive Archive - The Archive is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10.00 - 12.00 and from 14.00 to 16.00 with an additional hour from 17.00 to 18.00 on a Thursday evening. The period of closure each day will ensure that surfaces and facilities can be sanitised between visitors. Advance booking is required for all visits to the Archive or the Orkney Room so please contact the Archive to book your visit. Orkney Room - The Orkney Room is available every day we are open except Wednesday. Please contact the Archive to book your visit. Contacting the Archive - If you need to contact the Archive for any reason phone 01856 873166 or email us at archives@orkney.gov.uk. You can also contact us via our social media pages. Other Services and Resources Stromness Library - Stromness Library has now reopened to the public. The opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.00 and Saturday from 12.00 - 15.00. Face masks must be worn at all times and booking is required to use the library. To make a booking contact Stromness Library on 01856 850907. The GMB Room and the Public Computer access will be available at Stromness Library from Monday 5th October. We also have two dedicated Wi-Fi areas available for use. Booking is required. Mobile Library Service - The Mobile Library Service has now resumed. Find out when it will be visiting your area by checking the 2020 Mobile Library Timetable. Physical distancing restrictions mean that only person or household group can be aboard the vehicle at any one time and face masks must be worn while aboard. If necessary please queue outside the Mobile Library until the previous customer has left the vehicle. To help reduce browsing time on the Mobile Library we would encourage customers to reserve items ahead of their visit. Items can either be reserved online using a library card, by sending an email to library@orkney.gov.uk or by phoning 01856 873166. Book Box Service - This service has now resumed. Customers should get in touch to arrange delivery by contacting the library on 01856 873166 or emailing library@orkney.gov.uk. Home Library Service - This service has now resumed. Customers should get in touch to arrange delivery by contacting the library on 01856 873166 or emailing library@orkney.gov.uk. eBooks - We have a wide range of eBooks and eAudiobooks available to download for FREE on PCs and laptops or by using the Borrowbox App for tablets and smartphones. We would encourage all customers with internet access to explore these options. Online Resources - Our online resources such as SCRAN, Oxford Resources, Theory Test Pro and Freegal Music are all still available. Click here for more information and please get in touch if you need further assistance. PIN - If you need your Library PIN to access Borrowbox or your Orkney Library account please contact the Library. Public Computer Access - Public Computer access is now available at Kirkwall Library and will be available at Stromness Library from Monday 5th October. PCs must be booked in advance and will be available for sessions of 50 minutes at a time to allow for cleaning between users. Joining the Library/Updating memberships - Contact the library on 01856 873166 or email library@orkney.gov.uk. Book Clubs - Our regular Saturday book clubs remain suspended but we have set up a Virtual Book Club involving online book discussions. For more information or to get involved in our next meeting contact library@orkney.gov.uk. Bookbug Sessions - All physical Bookbug sessions remain suspended. Meeting Rooms - All our Meeting Rooms are closed and we are not currently accepting bookings. Jigsaws - A range of Orkney Library & Archive online jigsaws are available at www.jigsawplanet.com/OrkneyLibrary WiFi - Our Wi-Fi is on and available at Kirkwall and Stromness Libraries and can be accessed from inside and outside the building. If you want to use the Wi-Fi inside the library we have dedicated Wi-Fi areas which can be booked for 50 minutes at a time. Social Media - Our social media pages remain active. All updates will be posted on social media and on this page.
ORKNEY LIBRARY & ARCHIVE
Books and Archives since 1683
44 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1AG
Tel: 01856 873166