Opening Times

The Orkney Library & Archive is open to the public 
with some restrictions. 
To help us comply with current guidelines and regulations it is preferred that visits to the Archive Searchroom and Orkney Room are pre-booked. 

Archive Reception in the Searchroom

Let us know when you would like to come in and we'll book you in the diary, if there is space available. You will be allocated a table in the Searchroom or the Orkney Room depending on your needs. If you just need a microfilm reader, these are bookable too. 
Contact the Archive Staff by email or phone to book or 01856 873166

Booking in advance means that Archive Staff can help to find which items will be most useful for your research and also reduce the interaction between visitors and staff during your booking. Any items you request before your booking will be set out on your table when you arrive. 

Archive Searchroom - rearranged for physical distancing

Current Opening Times in Archive Searchroom 
and Orkney Room

    Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays:      10am-5pm

              Thursdays:                              10am-7pm    

                       Saturdays (fortnightly*): 10am-3pm      
*Due to temporary staff shortages, there will be a few changes to the Orkney Archive service: We will be closed fortnightly on Saturdays and some of our regular weekly opening hours may be also affected. 
We will be open on these Saturdays in 2021: 29th May, 12th June, 26th June; 10th July; 24th July; 7th August, 21st August, 4th September, 18th September and 2nd October. 

Orkney Room

Excess furniture has been removed in both rooms to allow for safe physical distancing. Face-masks (or coverings) are to be worn when moving around the rooms (unless medically exempt), but can be removed when seated. Tables and chairs will be cleaned before your booking. 

More information here

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