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20 October 2016


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Welcome to Orkney Library & Archive

Orkney Library & Archive provides a wide range of services, many of them free of charge, and welcomes everybody, whether a resident of Orkney or just visiting. Use the links above to find out more about our services and how to access them, and visit the Events page to learn about our activities.


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Enjoy the benefits of library membership from the comfort of home 

Enjoy the benefits of library membership from the comfort of home.
Library Online provides 24/7 access to a wide range of free resources.

Answer queries, renew loans, search our catalogue and much more.

Library Online – free to use and available whenever you want it.


Online Catalogue

You can visit the Library catalogue to search for items by author, title or keyword. Members can view their library account to check what they currently have on loan, and renew their current loans if they wish to keep them a little longer.


Access our online library catalogue here


Log on to your account to renew your library books


Online Resources

Our members can access a number of useful websites using their membership number. To view the full list click here. You can also listen to the Orkney Talking Newspaper podcast; around 90 minutes of audio news courtesy of the Orcadian newspaper.



Access To Research

Access To Research gives you free access to over 15 million academic articles at your local library. Search the database from home then use the library computers to view and download the full text.





Search Oxford Reference

Search over 230 in-depth, specialized

titles from Oxford University Press below:

The Dictionary of National Biography

The standard work of reference on notable

figures from British history:

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Charting the history of lending libraries in Stromness

Charting the history of

lending libraries in Stromness