Joining and using the library

Opening Hours

UPDATE Friday 8 January 2021

The Learning Centre will reopen for computer use on Monday 11 January at 1.30pm.

Opening hours for the Learning Centre as below.

The Library remains closed for browsing following the local virus outbreak and closure of schools.

However, books can be ordered online or by phone and picked up from the front door of the Library. 

You can pick up your orders anytime between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and up to 8.00pm on Thursdays.

Check social media for updates or phone us with any queries.

Public Library and Learning Centre, Lower Hillhead, Lerwick

Monday 1.30pm - 5.00pm
Tuesday 1.30pm - 5.00pm
Wednesday 1.30pm - 5.00pm
Thursday 1.30pm - 8.00pm
Friday 1.30pm - 5.00pm
Saturday 10am - 12noon and 1.30pm - 5.00pm
Sunday Closed

Public computers close down automatically 15 minutes before closing time.


Public Holidays

The Library takes the standard six Shetland Island Council public holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, 2nd January, Up Helly Aa Wednesday and Easter Monday.

We sometimes open slightly different hours between Christmas and New Year.


Opening Hours - Community Libraries

Baltasound Community Library (in the school): Open on Tuesday evenings from 4.00pm to 6.00pm during school term.

Bookbug sessions are also held at 11.30am every Tuesday during term time.

Yell Community Library (in the Mid Yell school): open first Tuesday of every month 4.00pm - 6.00pm during school term.

Bookbug sessions are also held once a month in Burravoe Primary School last Friday of the month at 10am - check with Karen Malone at the school library for exact dates.