Library service

Orkney College Library, in conjunction with UHI, provides modern, extensive and cross curricular learning resources designed to help students make the most of their studies.

OC Library

In addition to an impressive local collection of core and supplementary texts for courses offered at the College as well as Inter Site Library Loans across the UHI network, there are also a wide range of on-line academic resources and e-books available through UHI's library services.

Location and opening times

The library is located on the ground floor of the main College building in room G3.03.

Opening times

  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 8.30am - 9.00pm
  • Thursday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
  • Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

Holidays (except during Christmas Holidays and May day when the college is closed):

  • Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 4.00pm

Library staff are available at the following times

  • Monday to Thursday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • Friday: 9.15am - 3.15pm

Holidays (except during Christmas Holidays and May day when the college is closed):

  • Monday - Wednesday: 9.00am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday: 9.00am – 12.30pm

If you need to return books outside staff hours, please pop them in the Book Box situated on the left, below the coat rack, as you enter the library. Any queries outside staff hours, please contact College Reception.

Enquiries are welcome and may be made via e-mail, telephone or direct to library staff.

  • Librarian: Anette Andersen
  • Library Assistant: Tracey Cooper
  • tel: 01856 569272 (direct line)
  • email:

Library resources

There are three main resource areas in the library:

  • The Main Book Collection
  • The Reference Section
  • The Journals & Magazines Section

You may use reference material or books from the shelves while in the library. Any material that you wish to remove from the library must be issued at the library desk before leaving the library.

The library has six modern computers with Microsoft Office, E-mail and Internet facilities. These are linked up to print in B&W or Colour. Or you can bring your own Laptop as the library has plenty of desk space and Wi-Fi access. Any on-line access is granted through your student ID and password issued on enrolment.

Millennium Innovative, also known as Millie, is an on-line searchable database which holds all UHI library material. A designated computer for direct access to Millie, the library catalogue, is found next to the printer. It has been set up for general searches in the library catalogue, or you can google UHI library from any computer including your home computer.

Library items not available at Orkney College Library but which is held in one of the Academic Partner Libraries can be requested by emailing Orkney College Library staff with the request details.

Students are allowed to borrow six items, and degree/post degree students up to 12 items, at any one time. The lending periods are: 1 week / 2 weeks / 4 weeks from date of issue. The renewal of any loan is possible only if the item is not required by another user. If an item that you need is out on loan, please contact library staff, and we will put a hold on the item for you preventing further renewals, and contact you when the item has been returned.

Access to MILLIE.

Library loans

ISLs (Inter-Site Library Loans)

Any requests for loans from another Academic Partner Library within UHI must be emailed to the Orkney College UHI Library.

ILLs (Inter Library Loans)

Any requests for loans outwith UHI must be emailed to your tutor who will forward the requests to Anette Andersen.

Staff requesting ILLs can email Anette Andersen directly.

Nordic Studies postgraduate students, please contact Anette Andersen.

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