Joining and using the library

Local Collection

We buy nearly all books published in or about Shetland, and have a big collection for you to browse and borrow. There are also reference materials including Shetland periodicals, pamphlets and maps.

The Shetland Times, Shetland News and other old newspapers going back well into the 19th century can be browsed on microfilm. One of our microfilm browsers has print facilities.


Occasionally the Library has turned publisher of poetry and local history books - browse them here.

Shetland Library publications


A brief local introduction.

Genealogy and Family History


These are materials specially created by the Library to suit different age groups.  Topics include - First World War; Second World War; Language; Crofrting; Fishing

Local history online for young people


Some links and information from the Library's projects run during the centenary of the Great War

Local history: First World War


You will find this website very useful and interesting: this is a group dedicated to promoting and celebrating the use of written and spoken Shetland dialect.  Includes a Shetland dictionary, literature, papers upon dialect topics and spoken stories.

Shetland ForWirds