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Shetland Library News and Events

Basement Browsing

Basement Browsing

The Library basement will be open to the public on the first Saturday of every month from 2.00pm - 4.30pm. The entry door is down the ramp to the Learning Centre, behind the main Library. Come and browse or borrow those extra books you don't normally see.

Please note that children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Click Shetland: ICT Drop-in Help @ Shetland Library

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Need some help using computers and the Internet? Every Tuesday between 10am and 11am, Library staff will be available to help answer your computer queries. Drop along to the library for some friendly and informal help. If you can’t drop in at this time, you can phone us on 01595 743868 to arrange an appointment.

Saturday Storytime


Storytime every Saturday 11.30am at the Library for the under-5s. Just come along, or contact staff for more details.

Book Groups

The Accident on the A35 by Graeme Macrae Burnet

The next Lerwick Book Group meeting is on Tuesday 23 April, discussing The Accident on the A35 by Grame Macrae Burnet . Upcoming reads: The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting and Perfume by Patrick Suskind. The group meets at the Old Library Centre in Lerwick at 7.30pm. New members are welcome: just contact Karen or Marghie here at the library if you want to join.

Check the book group page for more information on Book Groups in Shetland.

eServices Drop-in

eServices Drop in

Shetland Library, along with Adult Learning and Skills Development Scotland, are holding an event on March 16 from 11.00am – 3.00pm in the Old Library Centre to promote eServices in Shetland.

Drop in and chat to us about free eBooks which can be downloaded and read on a tablet or phone, get some advice from Adult Learning about your Facebook page, and see some demonstrations of Virtual Reality and coding aimed at the younger generation.

Most borrowed lists of 2018

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In 2018, Eleanor Oliphant was completely fine with our readers, even trumping Ann Cleeves in the adult fiction chart. But it was local writer Marsali Taylor who really triumphed, helped by a great performance with eBook readers. As always a great selection of new Shetland books were well borrowed, including the Library's own First World War publications, James and Tom Morton's Shetland cookbook and Douglas Sinclair's 'Old Lerwick'. Read more on our Most Borrowed page.

Harry Potter Events

Harry Potter

The Library held its second annual Harry Potter quiz night on the 7th March 2019. We had a brilliant turnout of 9 Teams bringing a total of 45 People, some of which being a few new faces to the library. The quiz lasted from 6 - 8pm consisting of 4 Normal question Rounds, 4 fun picture and quotes rounds and finishing up with a double points round.  Overall the quiz was a huge success with very positive feed back from everyone.

Hurricane Book Club
Hurricane Book Club

Be part of our biggest book club yet! The Hurricane Book Club is being run across Scotland and beyond with LIVE events being held at Shetland, Orkney, Glasgow & Falkirk libraries throughout 2019. If you can’t join in person, you can join the conversation online via Twitter.

Our first meeting will be on Thursday 28 February at 6.00pm in the Old Library Centre, to discuss ‘Burial Rites’ by Hannah Kent. If you would like to join us, sign-up at the Library.

For more information, contact


Build your own Galley Kit

Galley Kit

You can pick up one of our popular 'Build your own galley kits' (free, but donations welcome) at the library or you can download and print from the following links below.

Galley kit (best printed on card)

Galley kit instructions

A brief history of Up Helly Aa

Video: making your galley!

Sunshine Reading Group

Sunshine Reading Group

The Sunshine Reading Group met once a month (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019) to share lightsome reads in the glow of a full spectrum (SAD) lamp. There was no assigned reading, instead we chatted about favourite authors, titles and genres and other “bookish” things. The group was a joint effort by the Library and Mind Your Head, who promoted the sessions as one of their wellness activities.

Evening classes and more

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If you are interested in courses and classes available locally, check the Shetland College programme of part-time and evening courses here - or pick up a brochure in the Library. The Council's Adult Learning department will launch a further programme of community courses soon - check the Adult Learning website here for details.

Help with budgeting

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We all know the Library is a great way to save, by taking advantage of free computer use, books, music, film, newspapers, magazines...well, need we go on? Community Planning and development has published a handy booklet with other handy contacts that might help with budgeting. Download the Ways to Save booklet here [PDF]


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Last Updated on 25 March 2019

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