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The Orkney Library and Archive

Address: 44 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1AG
Telephone: 01856 873166
Fax: 01856 875260
Email: archives@orkneylibrary.org.uk
Website: www.orkneylibrary.org.uk

Principal Archivist: Alison Fraser
Chief Librarian: Karen Walker

Library Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday 09.00
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20.00
Friday 09.00
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18.00
Saturday 09.00
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17.00

Archive Opening Hours

Monday to Wednesday 09.00
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17.00
Thursday 09.00
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20.00
Friday 09.00
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17.00
Saturday 09.00
14.00
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13.00
17.00

Orkney Family History Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 14.00
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16.40
Saturday 11.00
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16.30

The new Orkney Library & Archive opened in new premises in December 2003. The ground floor houses the main lending library, reference room, children's library and administration block while most of the upper floor is devoted to the Archives and Local History department, including the photographic and sound archives. The Orkney Family History Society are also based there.


The Archives Department stores the following records which may be of use to genealogists:

Other records held in the Archives which may be useful in family history research:

  • Local authority records
  • Local estate papers
  • Private collections
  • Business papers
  • Orkney Sheriff Court Records
    (incl. wills 1830-1980)
  • Register of Sasines (1781-1947)
  • Records of established
    and secession churches
  • Valuation Rolls
  • Voters' Rolls
  • Earldom and Bishopric Rentals*
  • Transcripts of Monumental Inscriptions**
  • Sound & Photographic Archives

*     Some of these records are also held by the National Archives of Scotland.
**  Some of these records are also held by the Orkney Family History Society.


Page created by Bill Teschek
[Last updated: 2 August 2005 - Dave Annal]