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Shetland UHI Library

Library Services during the Autumn break 2021

Library Services during the Autumn break

11th to 15th October - Library on-site services available 18th to 22nd October – Library closed

The following services will be available:

*Requests/bookings can be made up to 4pm on the 15th of October.  Any requests/bookings received after this time may not be processed until the week beginning the 25th of October.

Due to staff annual leave the library will be closed.

  • Access to online resources will continue as usual
  • Students will still be able to use any previously booked digital access spaces at the Lerwick Campus
  • Library Live Chat support service will be available for help and assistance
  • Students will still be able to collect items previously requested via the Click and Collect service, but no requests will be processed during this week.
  • Any item requests or queries posted to will be picked up and answered as soon as possible during the week of the 25th of October.
Items can be returned during building opening hours, over the holiday, to the Library Returns Box at each campus.


Service update for Shetland UHI Library

Coronavirus Updates: Further information about library services across UHI being regularly updated. 

Updated: 30 September 2021

New books

New books

For more titles recently added to Shetland UHI Library stock go to the Books Display page.

Art books added June 2021

Library browsing at Lerwick campus

Lerwick Campus Library browsing:

Browse and borrow

From 23 August 2021

The Lerwick campus Library is open for browsing from the 23 August 2021.  Browsing is only available to Shetland UHI students and staff.  As we are still offering our Click and Collect and Postal Loans services browsing times are limited.

The Library at the Lerwick campus is open for browsing at the following times:

Monday 13.30-17.00
Tuesday 13.30-17.00
Wednesday 13.30-17.00
Thursday 13.30-17.00

  • Please check in using the NHS Test and Protect QR code when in the College building.
  • You must wear a face-covering.
  • Please use the hand-sanitiser provided.
  • You should maintain 1m+ social distancing from other library users and library staff.
  • Windows will be kept open at all times.

The Library's Click and CollectPostal Loans and Inter-Site Loans services are still operating.

Please note that there is no computer access, or study spaces, available in the Library.  If you need access to a computer for study purposes, please book a digital access space.

Digital access spaces available

Digital Access Spaces

There are now four computers available at the Lerwick campus, for advanced bookings only, to Shetland UHI students for study purposes. 

Bookings can be made for essential purposes only.  Computers are available 09.00 - 12.00 and 13.00-17.00, Monday-Friday.

Booking a digital access space

You must book a digital access space in advance.  Bookings can be made up to 1 week in advance and spaces can be booked for the following time periods: 09.00-12.00 or 13.00-17.00 Monday-Friday.  You can only book a space for one time period on any one day and bookings can only be made for essential purposes only e.g. you have no computer at home, or connectivity at home isn't good.

Please read the Booking Policy and Safety Rules and Protocols before making a booking.
To book a digital access space, please contact Library staff:
email:  or telephone 01595 771258.

Search for resources


Multisearch is the library's search engine.  It provides a 'Google-like' way to find many of UHI Libraries' print and online resources at the same time.  The process of finding information from both the physical and online collections has become so much simpler.

With just one search you can find print books, ebooks, newspaper articles, ejournal articles, conference proceedings and more.  The results are listed in order of relevance to your search and you can filter and focus your search by publication format, date, location, language etc.

Click on the Multisearch title above to start searching.

Watch our video on using Multisearch to help you get started.

Click and Collect

Click and Collect

Due to Covid-19 we are only able to offer limited access to browse the shelves at the Lerwick campus only.  See information about our Browse and Borrow service.

To make use of the Click and Collect service please check the catalogue, or Multisearch, for resource availability and complete the online form (you can also use the button below). Alternatively you can email requests to For Photo of bookseach resource we need to know the title; first author name or editor name; publication year or edition. Please use your college / UHI email so we can identify you.

Book requests will be processed as soon as possible and you will be notified by email when you can collect the books.   

Please note that face-coverings MUST be worn in the College when you are collecting your books.
  • If you are a distance learning student please see the information on our Postal Loan Service

Image by Hermann Traub from Pixabay


Postal Loan Service

Postal Loan Service

The postal loan service has been made available to help students and staff unable to access Shetland UHI Library to collect books in person.    

To make use of this service please check the catalogue, or Multisearch, for resource availability and complete the online form (or use the button below). Alternatively you can email requests to For each resource we need to know the title; first author name or editor name; publication year or edition. Please use your college / UHI email so we can identify you.

Book requests will be processed as soon as possible and you will be notified by email when books have been posted out. 

Please note the following measures put in place:

  • Print books will not normally be sent out if there is an electronic copy available through the UHI library collections.
  • If you would like to make a special case for receiving print books in these circumstances, please contact us by email ( and the librarian will consider your case. 
  • This service is primarily designed for those unable to collect resources in person and those who cannot reasonably travel to Shetland UHI. We have Covid-safe collection systems for library books set up at the college. 
  • Students and staff members of Shetland UHI will not be charged for outgoing postage and books can be returned to Shetland UHI by post for free.  Contact, or telephone (01595) 771258, for details.