Stromness Academy Library

Books, reading and life in a school library


To borrow library resources:

Take the item(s) to the Issue Desk. Show the Librarian your library card. The Librarian will record the loan on OLIVER, the computerised library management system.

To remind you when the book is due back, the return date will be stamped on the date label in the front of the book.


Pupils are issued with their library card at the beginning of First Year. Look after the card as it has to last the 4 – 6 years you are at school.

Conditions of Use

Bring the card with you EVERY TIME you come to the library (even @ lunchtimes).

    • Don’t damage or deface the card in any way
    • YOU (and you alone) are responsible for the books borrowed using your card
    • Don’t let anyone else borrow your card
    • If you lose it tell the librarian immediately
    • You may be asked to pay a fee for replacing lost or damaged cards


    • 1st – 2nd year = FOUR items at a time.
    • 3rd – 4th year = SIX items at a time.
    • 5th & 6th year & Staff = EIGHT items at a time.

Fiction & Non-Fiction

  • 1st – 2nd yr = up to 4weeks
  • 3rd – 4th yr = up to 4 weeks
  • 5th & 6th yrs & Staff = up to 4 weeks

Reference = ONE period
Orkney Books = THREE days
Short Loan [Project books] = ONE period

All books should be returned or renewed before any holidays. REMEMBER: ALL books and other resources MUST be taken to the desk and checked out before you leave the library.


Return books ON or BEFORE the return date stamped on the date label in the front of the book.

When you return a book you should leave the book in the box on the issue desk or hand it directly to the librarian. Make sure you let the Librarian know you have returned a book. If the Librarian is not available come back later to return the book.

DON’T leave it lying on a table – it might get lost.
DON’T put it on the shelving trolley.
DON’T put it back on the shelves.

It must be properly returned or you might find that you will get overdue notices about a book you thought you had returned. You might even have to pay for it if it can’t be located.



If you haven’t finished a book by the return date you can ask the Librarian to renew it. She will stamp a new return date on the book. You should bring the book to the library to get it renewed.


If you haven’t returned a book by its RETURN DATE you will get an overdue notice via your Glow email. (Check your email regularly)

You will also get general reminders via the daily bulletin, your register teacher, English teacher, or Guidance teacher. If you get one you should RETURN or RENEW the book IMMEDIATELY (Bring the slip with you when you come to the library).

If you ignore these reminders then a letter will be sent home to your parents.

REMEMBER! To avoid getting overdue notices, return your books on time!

REMEMBER! Tell the Librarian when you have returned a book!


If you lose a book tell the Librarian as soon as possible so that you can arrange to pay for the (full) cost of replacing it. Alternatively you may replace a book with a new or second hand one in very good or excellent condition. (You will not be charged for books that can be repaired.) Remember that if you haven’t returned a book the Librarian will chase you up so you can’t just ignore the fact it is lost or damaged.


You can reserve a book if someone else has it out via OLIVER our online catalogue – you will need to login in to use this.

Alternatively ask the Librarian for a reservation slip and fill it out.

Also, if the book you want is not in the library you can fill out a slip and the Librarian will try to get it for you from The Orkney Library. (See Inter Library Loans)

The Librarian will tell you when the book arrives.


The school library is able to borrow books from The Orkney Library. In most cases this is in connection with curricular projects supplementing our own stock.

If you wish books and / or other material which is not available in the school library we may be able to obtain them for you. It is recommended that you go to The Orkney Library  yourself but if you are unable to do so, please speak to Mrs Sinclair who can try and obtain the resources on your behalf.

If the books are not available, then you can apply for an Inter Library Loan, either via the school library or the public library who will request the books from other libraries in the UK.

Please note that there is a fee for this service of £5.20 for an Inter-library loan or £3.25 with a student concession.

For further information check out The Orkney Library & Archive website.

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