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Opening Times:
Collect and Return
  • Mon - 10:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 16:00
  • Tue - 10:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 16:00
  • Wed - 10:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 16:00
  • Thur - 10:00 - 12:00
  • Fri - 10:00 - 12:00 14:00 - 16:00
  • Sat - Closed
  • Sun - Closed
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  • Mon - 10:00 - 18:00
  • Tue - 10:00 - 20:00
  • Wed - 10:00 - 18:00
  • Thur - 10:00 - 13:00
  • Fri - 10:00 - 20:00
  • Sat - 10:00 - 13:00
  • Sun - Closed
Phone Number:
01847 893237

We are delighted to announce that we’re starting to bounceback and Thurso Library will re-open on the 22nd of July 2020 for “Collect and Return.”


The safety and wellbeing of our staff and customers is very important. We’re reintroducing library services gradually, following public health advice. We know that one of the joys of libraries is being able to browse our shelves, however we must put your safety first which means that we are only able to offer ‘Collect and Return’ at present to ensure that items have been properly quarantined and sanitised.

‘Collect and Return’ will run from selected libraries whilst we prepare our other libraries for reopening. To use Collect and Return:

  1. Phone or e-mail one of the listed libraries to request specific titles or ask staff to choose a selection of items based on your interests
  2. Staff will then contact you to arrange a date and time for you to come and collect your items, and return any you have at home

Please note that we are currently unable to transfer stock between libraries, so the item/s must be in stock at the library you want to collect it/ them from. You can view our online catalogue here: https://hlh.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/HOME

You don’t need to make a special trip to return your items if you aren’t collecting others at the same time, as we’re renewing all loans automatically.

To use Collect and Return, please contact one of the libraries listed below. Please do not phone or e-mail before the date listed beside each library. If your local library is not listed, it remains closed at this time and information on opening dates will be issued as it becomes available.

Inverness Library – contact from July 23rd for collection from July 27th

Phone: 01349 781370

E-mail: [email protected]

Thurso Library – from July 22nd

Phone: 01847 893237

E-mail: [email protected]

Nairn Library – contact from July 20th for collection from July 23rd

Phone: 01667 458506

E-mail: [email protected]

Fort William Library – contact from July 27th for collection from July 29th

Phone: 01397 703552

E-mail: [email protected]


Thurso Library has returned to its newly-refurbished permanent site in Davidson’s Lane. This building was built in 1862 as the Miller Institute and was later turned into the Thurso Library and Swanson Gallery and stands at the end of Sinclair land in Davidson’s Street. With its clock tower and pillared facade it makes for an imposing but welcoming building in Thurso.

We offer a regular Bookbug session on a Tuesday 14:00 to 14:30 and Friday 10:30 to 11:00.

Lego Club
Lego Sessions run termly please contact Library for details of sessions.

Learn to knit
Drop in knitting group takes place every 2nd Saturday 10:30 to 12:00. Please contact Thurso Library for the next date.

The Art gallery also have regular exhibitions as well as a craft clubs. Please contact Thurso Gallery for more information.

Special reference collections


COVID-19 Support