We received an enquiry from a customer who bought one of our delightfully practical, yet stylish 100% cotton bags (a snip at merely £2).
The bag carries a copy of the Library and Archive logo which includes the date 1683. Our enquirer was wondering if this referred to the inception date of the library as she had been unable to find information on our website.
Orkney Library does indeed date from 1683 which makes it the oldest public library in Scotland. We have addressed the lack of historical information with a new page relating the story of the service. Click here to read it or click on History at the top of the page.