News / Yell community library

Mid Yell's school library assistant Jeanette Nowak, who will also staff the new community library.

SHETLAND Library and Mid Yell Junior High School have teamed up to offer a new library service to the public starting this month.

The school library and foyer will be open for community access on Wednesday evenings, affording local residents the chance to browse or borrow library materials from either the school library itself or a rotating collection of stock from the public library in Lerwick.

Library users will also be able to use the improved free Wi-Fi in the school and pick up any requested books there. The model is similar to that of the community library in Baltasound school.

Shetland Library manager Karen Fraser said: “Our school libraries are fully integrated with the public service systems so that stock can be easily shared. 

“School libraries also function as the public library for young people in rural areas and we welcome library visitors of all ages, so the community gets good value from the facility.”


North Isles councillor Robert Henderson will officially open the Yell Community Library on Thursday 11 September at 6pm – coinciding with Shetland Library’s “24 Islands/24 Hours” promotion.

After the launch night the Yell Community Library will be open every Wednesday from 6-8pm starting on 17 September.

Other events in the “24 Islands/24 Hours” programme in the North Isles include an ebook launch in Fetlar, an event with award winning author Louise Welsh in the Gutcher Goose café, and school visits by Ann Cleeves, Welsh and Zoe Strachan.

Cleeves is also holding the national launch of her new novel ‘Thin Air’ in Baltasound.

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