Orkney County Public Records

Orkney County Public Records

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Orkney Library & Archive, 44 Junction Road, Kirkwall , Orkney KW15 1AG

Phone Number:
01856 873166

Fax Number:
01856 875260

Email Address:

The Orkney Public Records Office , provides a large range of services. Many of them welcome anyone and are free of charge to not just residents of Orkney but to, any visitors as well. There is a huge range of not only CDS and DVDs to suit all tastes. You can also find newspapers and magazine articles in the Kirkwall library. Were you also have access to over 145,000 items. Available also is a comfortable seating area where you can sit and read. A hot drink machine is also available in the foyer. There is also a wide range of art works on display in the Kirkwall library as well as the other libraries in Orkney Records Office.

Also, available is a Mobile Library Service incase there is difficulty traveling to the two libraries in Orkney. There are also Book Bug Sessions in which to help provide parents with resources to share books with their babies. It also helps promote the love of books to help children enjoy reading throughout every age in life. To make sure all children have free and regular access to a wide arrange of books which are suitable for their age.

Orkney Archive is also available on the upper floor of the building and holds a wealth of information regarding historical records about Orkney in which everyone can use to find out more about Orkney’s past. As for local history records that are available for research into almost any aspect of Orkney and its people. There is also a Photographic Archive that holds a large collection of Orkney images from the 1860s and onwards, and prints can even be purchased. The Orkney Public Records Office also holds an extensive collection of oral history recordings and audiovisual materials dating from the 1950s and onwards. Copies of these recordings can also be purchased.

The Kirkwall Library Opening Hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:15 am – 7:00 pm. Also, opened Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:15 am – 5:00 pm. On Sunday the Kirkwall Library is CLOSED.

They also, have a wealth of information on their website: http://www.orkneylibrary.org.uk/index.htm

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