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Joining and using the library


How do I join?

Simple - if you are resident in Shetland you just fill in a very short membership form at the desk, and show some identification. We can have your library card ready within a few minutes, and you can borrow immediately.


What can I borrow?

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

From our eBook site, you can borrow or request up to 4 ebooks at one time.

From our eAudio site, you can borrow or request up to 4 eAudio books at one time.

From our eMagazine site, you can borrow as many eMagazines as you want.

It is completely free to borrow, except for a £1 charge for film DVDs, and £2 or £3 charge for box sets.

Through our website, you can also use our free online reference services.


How long can I borrow things for?

Books, learning DVDs and CDs are loaned for 4 weeks.

Film DVDs are loaned for two weeks

Open learning packs are loaned for 12 weeks


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, and use the internet and computers.


How about using computers?

Members and visitors also get free use of our computers and the internet. For more information see our Computers page.




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