19 March 2020 From 5pm on Friday 20th March 2020 Orkney Library & Archive is CLOSED and all physically delivered services are suspended until further notice. These measures have been taken to protect our customers and staff, and have been put in place in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 or Coronavirus among the local population. This means that there will be NO facility to borrow or return library books and we ask that customers keep all existing loans until further notice. Our book drop return box will remain locked. There will be NO Mobile Library services, NO Home Library deliveries and NO Book Box services to the islands. Our FREE BorrowBox eBooks and eAudiobooks can be accessed via our website or by downloading the FREE BorrowBox App. Our other online services such as Freegal Music, Orkney Talking Newspaper, SCRAN and the Oxford Online Resources can all be accessed from our website using your Library Card and PIN. Orkney Library & Archive staff will still be working to provide what services we can and to offer support for our online resources. If you need any assistance with setting up or accessing these services then please contact the library on 01856 873166 (Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm) or email library@orkney.gov.uk. Archive staff can also be contacted during the closure. Contact them on 01856 873166 (Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm) or email them at archives@orkney.gov.uk. Further updates will be posted on this webpage so keep checking here for the latest information regarding library and archive services. We will also post any updates on our social media pages. 21 March 2020 Orkney Library & Archive is now closed and ALL contact based services are suspended until further notice. 23 March 2020 We would like to ask our customers to keep any existing loans at home for the foreseeable future. Please ignore any due dates stamped in your existing loans as we will be automatically extending all current loans. Our book drop return box is locked and we will not be sending any overdue notifications. Any item reservations that were active when we closed have now been cancelled and any uncollected items waiting for collection when we closed have now been returned to the shelves. Customers can still browse our online catalogue but will not be able to reserve items at the present time. 26 March 2020 We are doing our best to keep in touch with everyone and respond to phone calls, messages and emails but due to the present situation there may be periods when you can’t reach us on the phone or do not get an immediate response to your email. If there is no answer when you phone please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as they possibly can. We will reply to all emails as soon as possible but please bear in mind this might take longer than normal. Often one of the quickest ways to get in touch with us is by messaging over Facebook so we would encourage anyone trying to make contact with us to try that first.
Books and Archives since 1683
44 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1AG
Tel: 01856 873166
Library Closure - Covid-19 (Coronavirus)