Joining and using the library

Accessibility Services

Talking newspapers online

The Shetland Times and The New Shetlander are recorded by volunteers as 'talking newspapers' for the visually impaired.

Listen for free to the latest editions here:

The Shetland Times

The New Shetlander

The Shetland Times Extra Features - monthly

Anyone who is not online can sign up to our postal service. We can post them a USB memory stick of each edition to listen to, which they then return to us in the padded envelope provided (it comes with areversible label). We lend simple USB players for listening on. Just ask at the Library if you want to use this service.

During Make a Noise in Libraries fortnight in June 2019, we launched the theme music to our talking newspaper. The music, ‘Uncle Lolly’s Shining Silver’, was written by Jenny Henry and is performed on our recordings by Maggie Adamson on fiddle, with Emma Leask accompanying on piano.

Other Vision Services

Mobile Library and Home Delivery Service

Please ask us if you need assistance or any further information.

3D tour of library – have a look at the space before you visit.


There are two wheelchair accessible toilets in the library, on the ground floor. Please ask staff for assistance if you need help manoeuvring in. If you find you need assistance to get out, please feel free to pull the red cord.

Ground floor toilet – left

Shetland Library Toilet Ground Floor Left
  • Floor measurement – 2070 mm long x 1450 mm wide
  • Side transfer space (right transfer): 575 mm
  • Turning space:  1310 mm x 1280 mm
  • Clearance under sink pipes: 370 mm
  • Toilet height: 430 mm

Ground floor toilet – right

Ground Floor right accessible toilet
  • Floor measurement: 2070 long x 1450 wide
  • Side transfer space (left transfer): 810 mm
  • Turning space: 1140 mm x 1420 mm
  • Clearance under sink pipes: 370 mm
  • Toilet height: 430 mm
  • The door is at an angle. Manoeuvring towards the sink corner, then reversing into transfer space may work best for some


First Floor – Partly Accessible toilet

First Floor – Partly Accessible toilet with baby changing
  • Floor measurement: 1700 mm long x 1470 mm wide
  • Side transfer space (right transfer): 690 mm
  • Turning space: 1160 mm x 1310 mm
  • Clearance under sink pipes: 370 mm
  • Toilet height: 490 mm
  • *Note that this toilet now contains a baby changing unit on the right hand wall.


Lift to first floor

shetland library lift

Measurements - 1000 mm x 1340 mm


We have many different types and heights of seating around the library, as well as booster cushions. Just ask staff if you need assistance.


We have a range of accessibility aids, height adjustable tables, and staff who can help.