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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) library shutdown

During the COVID-19 crisis we have had to temporarily shut libraries and suspend mobile services.

We may not be able to answer calls but will respond to email enquiries.


Using computers:

Sorry, our public PCs and printers are not available just now. We can still offer help with using your devices - just email or phone and a member of staff will get back to you.

We hope to be able to lend tablet computers soon.

If you have your own device you can use our free wifi in the Lerwick library grounds, but follow lockdown rules.

If you are making a benefit claim, rules about logging on have been relaxed - please check the DWP website /



Currently we can’t lend any books and have suspended plans for deliveries but email us if there are priority needs you wish to discuss. We hope to commence book deliveries when lockdown is eased.


Returning books:

Sorry, we can’t accept returns at the moment and have had to lock our 24 hour returns point. Please just keep your books at home till we can advise otherwise. Don’t worry as we certainly won’t be fining you for late returns - all loans have been renewed.



All books on loan are now extended till 30 August 2020, so don’t worry about your books going overdue.



We won’t be able to fulfil requests or inter-library loans at this time. Please email us however if there are urgent needs you wish to discuss.



We have FREE eBooks, eComics, eMagazines, eAudiobooks and eNewspapers, you can borrow from home via the RB Digital app, as well as online reference sites to browse - just click on the 24 Hour Library page on our website. You'll need your borrower number to register the first time you use eBooks.



If you live in Shetland and want to join the library so you can use our eBooks, please email us the details below. Our staff will create a membership for you and post you out a card. They can email you out your borrower number and PIN so you can start using eBooks before the card arrives.


Date of birth:



Phone number:

Email address:


School libraries:

Our school library staff can be contacted on GLOW, email or in some cases phone while the schools are shut. Please check the school libraries page for contact details.


Mobile libraries:

Suspended for the forseeable future. We may at a later date be able to put some home delivery in place and will contact customers when this is possible.


We will post more updates here as soon as we can.

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Last Updated on 29 April 2020

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