What’s happening at
Western Isles Libraries

Library Update! 

Our branch libraries may be closed and the mobiles are off-road at the moment, but we are still working in the shadows to make sure you get access to some great books to read and listen to help while away the hours!

If anyone has a library book or other item out at home, worry not! These can stay with you until we are open again and there will be no charges or overdues.

If you have any queries, or would like to join the library to access our eResources, please get in touch.


Lockdown Library

The libraries may be shut and the mobiles off the road but The Library is always OPEN!

Visit Lockdown Library to find out about all the library resources you can access from home.  We have:

  • With Library at Home you can find out how to get Ebooks to read and eAudio Books to listen to
  • Newspapers and Information - we also provide access to information resources through the Britannica Library and Image Quest, as well as newspapers form across Europe with European Newsstream
  • Researching your family history? We now offer temporary access to Find My Past from home.
  • For those keen on watching ballet, opera and classical music, we will shortly be offering temporary free access to Medici TV.  Visit Lockdown Library regularly to find out more!

Library from Home

Enjoy reading and/or listening to books, available free from the library for library members.  We have books for children and adults and you can access them from anywhere and at any time. We’re adding titles all the time, so check the website or app regularly to see what’s available.  


Through BorrowBox, you can borrow and download eAudio books and eBooks, whenever and wherever you want.

Libby by OverDrive    

On Overdrive you’ll find a large collection of eBooks for all ages. Crime, romance, literary, historical, Scottish-interest and classics.

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The Library Guide to the Internet

There are loads of terrific digital resources out there for all ages, to help you occupy your family or while away the hours during lockdown, but where do you even start?  Look no further, the Library Elves have searched far and wide to find a great collection of sites and online activities

We have great suggestions for different ages and groups, so have a look at what we have found for you:

Online Reading Groups

OH!Read Together is the reading group for children and families. Every few weeks, we’ll make a book available for you to download, read together and enjoy. Then you can let us, and other readers, know what you thought!  Find us on Facebook @ohreadtogether

OH!Read is the reading group for adults.  Every few weeks, we’ll make a book available for you to download and read. Then join in the discussion.  Find us on Facebook @ohread


COVID-19 Community Support card

Feel free to download and use in your communities. But stay —read the guide-lines and stay safe! Download here