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UHI Shetland Library

Service update for UHI Shetland Library

Welcome to our new and returning students!
  • We are open:
  • REMEMBER TO RETURN YOUR LIBRARY LOANS - please return library resources to one of the libraries, or to one of the Library Return boxes.  There's a Library Return box in the entrance foyer of the Lerwick campus and one at the entrance to the John Goodlad Centre building at the Scalloway campus.  Alternatively you can return resources to us, for free, by post - please contact, or telephone (01595) 771258, for details.  More information
  • New Library Search!  We have changed to a new Library Management System.  The new system means Library users benefit from a more modern, responsive and accessible search (replacing Multisearch) for finding online and print resources across UHI.  For more information on the new system and the changes see our guide to the New Library Management System.  To search for books, journals, articles etc. - try our new Library Search.

Coronavirus Updates: Further information about library services across UHI. 

Updated: 18 August 2022

Be Distance Aware

Be Distance AwareImage shows Distance Aware shield and logos for NHS Scotland and Healthier Scotland

A new initiative has launched in Scotland to encourage people to respect the space of others when they're out and about.

The Distance Aware scheme offers everyone who would feel more comfortable when they have more room, the chance to wear an easily recognisable symbol to show others they need space and care.  the polite prompt is designed to support those who are worried about being in public places, for whatever reason, and help them feel more confident when going about their daily life.

Free lanyards and badges featuring the Distance Aware shield are available from the Shetland Library (including the community libraries in Baltasound and Mid Yell) as well as from either of our UHI Shetland libraries.

We can all play our part as we adapt to living with COVID-19. Find out more at

Opening hours

Opening hours 15th - 19th August

Note there are no late nights this week.

Opening hours 15th - 19th August 2023

  Lerwick Scalloway
Monday 09.00-17.00 09.00-17.00
Tuesday 09.00-17.00 09.00-17.00
Wednesday 09.00-17.00 09.00-17.00
Thursday 09.00-17.00 09.00-17.00
Friday 09.00-17.00 09.00-17.00

Term-time opening hours

Opening hours from 22nd August 2022
  Lerwick Scalloway
Monday 09.00-17.00 09.00-18.30
Tuesday 09.00-17.00 09.00-17.00
Wednesday 09.00-19.00 09.00-17.00
Thursday 09.00-17.00 09.00-17.00
Friday 09.00-16.30 09.00-16.30


Search for resources

Library Search

Library Search 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.

To ensure you can see all the titles of the articles in your search please login to Library Search before you start your search.

Click and Collect

Click and Collect

If you would like us to have books ready for your to collect - request the items you need via Library Search (click on the "Place Hold" button). 

Alternatively you can make requests for items by completing the online form (you can also use the button below), or 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.   

  • If you are a distance learning student please see the information on our Postal Loan Service

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Postal Loan Service

Postal Loan Service

If you would like us to post resources out to you - request the items you need via Library Search (click on the "Place Hold" button).    

Alternatively complete the online form (or use the button below)., or 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. 
  • Students and staff members of UHI Shetland will not be charged for outgoing postage and, if you are based in the UK, resources can be returned to UHI Shetland by post for free.  Contact, or telephone (01595) 771258, for details.