Joining and using the library

Health and Wellbeing

The Library works with partners to provide services that enhance health and wellbeing.

Help Yourself to Health

Our staff are trained in Health Literacy and can help you find books or online information about mental or physical health. 

We also run events and promotions around health and wellbeing, often linking with NHS Shetland Health Improvement or SIC Sport and Leisure.

NHS Shetland
the web hub for your local health services

NHS Inform
a co-ordinated single source of quality assured health information for Scotland.

Cost of Living

We work with partners such as SIC Community Development, Anchor for Families and Citizens Advice Shetland to provide information and help. Check our leaflets and notice boards. Look out for drop-in advice sessions, or staff can signpost you where to go for help. Here are a few useful websites you can check: 

Shetland Islands Council - Cost of Living support
Scottish Government – Cost of Living site 

Internet Safety

We work with partners including SIC Adult Learning, Police Shetland and the OPEN Project to promote online safety for adults and children. Ask staff for help, or check the websites below. 

NSPCC Online Safety  
UK Safer Internet Centre 
Internet Matters – Parental Controls  

Playlist for Life

Listening to meaningful music can help people living with dementia. We have leaflets and toolkits that you can use to help people create their own playlists. Just ask staff for help, or check the website.

Playlist for Life 

Memories Scotland

In partnership with Shetland Museum and Archives we will be running Memory Groups in 2023. These are relaxed sessions where old photos are displayed and discussed.

Memories Scotland 

We also work with partners such as Alzheimers Scotland to run events or promotions that support dementia. 

Many library services - including simply reading - benefit health and wellbeing. The library is a welcoming place to spend time in at no cost. Check our website for information, for example Accessibility, News and Events and Home Delivery.