Joining and using the library

What can I borrow?

Your library membership allows you to borrow:

  • 20 items, of which 8 can be music CDs, 4 can be film DVDs and 2 can be Open Learning packs.


  • a combined total of 10 eBooks and eAudiobooks on both OverDrive and BorrowBox
  • Unlimited eMagazines and eComics on OverDrive
  • A tablet or a laptop (additional conditions apply)

It is completely free to borrow. 

How long can I borrow things for?

  • Books, DVDs and CDs are loaned for 4 weeks.
  • Open learning packs are loaned for 12 weeks
  • eMagazines and eComics are loaned for up to 21 days.
  • eBooks and eAudiobooks are loaned for up to 21 days.
  • Tablets and laptops are loaned for 4 weeks.

NOTE: An acceptable Use Policy applies to all loans of electronic equipment from the Shetland Library.  You can read the policy here: Computer and Mobile Device Agreement 2021.
By borrowing the device from the library you are agreeing to the conditions listed in the policy.

I'm just visiting - can I join?

Visitors are also very welcome to join the library.

Just fill in a membership form, show some ID and give us your Shetland and home address.

You may borrow up to 5 items plus eBooks.