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SHETLAND Library was commended for “connecting remote communities” at this year’s British Book Industry Awards.

It was nominated for the Library of the Year prize at the London event earlier this week.

However, judges took time to praise Shetland’s library for “taking the service out to its community rather than waiting for people to come through the doors”.

The library, based in Lerwick, provides a mobile service to outlying areas.

Manager Karen Fraser said the library plugged its work in children’s services when promoting their case for the award.

“The evidence we submitted for the award concentrated particularly on our work with children and on service promotion,” she said.

“Our staff put in a huge amount of effort into Bookbug and other children’s services to keep young people reading.

“We also do all we can to make sure people know about what the library can offer, and encourage folk to benefit from it.”

The Library of the Year prize was won by Dagenham Library in Essex.

Orkney Library – which famously spars with its Shetland counterpart on social media – bagged the award in 2015.