The Library is located on the first floor of the John Goodlad Centre at The NAFC Marine Centre, Port Arthur, Scalloway, Shetland Islands, ZE1 0UN.

Direct line telephone is 01595 772350

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The main section houses a well stocked selection of library resources underpinning all Campus research, development and learning activities, as well as providing a quiet place to study.

Staff and students have access to computing facilities and on-line resources networked via the University of the Highlands and Islands. They may also request loans via the library from other partner colleges within the UHI Library network, and the British Library.

Computer suite Library Mezzanine from below Library Books on Shelves

The library is open to the general public who, on request to library staff,  may access computing facilities. College library membership is also available on request. Please see the Librarian for details.

Hours & Access

Wi-Fi and Computer Access

The computer suite within the library has 12 networked computers, with a further 5 available on the mezzanine level. Staff and students of the NAFC Marine Centre, and of any of our UHI partner institutions, can get instant access to these computers using their UHI login and password. In addition, we have laptop computers available to borrow for periods of 4 weeks at a time.

Computer facilities are also available for visitors - the guest access codes for PCs are posted around the library. Access codes for guest wi-fi are available at the library desk, and from reception in the main NAFC building.

Visitors (students or faculty) from institutions who are using the Eduroam Wi-Fi system, and who are already set up for use at their home institution, are able to gain wi-fi access through that network.
Computer suite


Self-Service Borrowing and Return

Shelves and books

Library items can be borrowed and returned using the self-service sheets on the library desk. Please make sure you give us your full details and full details of the item being borrowed. This helps us ensure that the correct copy is issued to your account.

Although self-service borrowing is available to members of the public, you must first have registered with the NAFC Marine Centre Library. For further details, please email us on or call 01595 772350.


Library Staff

The library staff are here to help students, staff and visitors get the most out of the library facilities. We can help locate hard-to-find resources, suggest suitable textbooks, sign-point useful websites and assist in finding and using e-books, e-journals and other electronic resources. As the library is not staffed at all times, please contact us via email or phone 01595 772350 if you are planning a visit and want to ensure a member of library staff will be available.

Normal staffing times:-

DayStaff /Hours worked
Monday Ruth Priest 9:00 - 17:00
Tuesday Susan Davie 9:00 - 14:50
Wednesday Susan Davie 9:00 - 14:50
Thursday Susan Davie 9:00 - 14:50
Friday Ruth Priest 9:00 - 17:00

Ruth Priest

Susan Davie

Ruth Priest is the NAFC Librarian. She works between NAFC and Shetland College, and can be found in the NAFC library on Mondays and Fridays, 09.00 - 17.00. Susan Davie is the NAFC Library Assistant. She works on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 09:00 - 14:50




Library booksPrint collection

The library houses a collection of books, maps , reports, theses, and unpublished materials linked to the subjects studied and researched at the NAFC Marine Centre. There are class sets of textbooks for cadets for students studying for specific qualifications, as well as an important collection of books and other materials on Fisheries Management, Aquaculture, Fishing, Sailing, and Marine Science. We add to our collection regularly, particularly with material relating to Shetland's marine and maritime connections, both historic and current.

Print materials are listed in the UHI Catalogue. The catalogue contains material from all the UHI partner institutions. To limit your search to just NAFC Library materials , you can use the drop-down menu.

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The catalogue can be searched using a variety of terms:-Keyword, Author, Title, ISBN, Subject, etc. Once you have located a book or other item you want to see, the catalogue entry will tell you where it is located, whether it is available, and the length of time it can be borrowed.

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Electronic Resources

As part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, students and staff of the NAFC Marine Centre can access a vast number of E-resources, including

  • E-books,
  • databases of scholarly journal articles,
  • newspaper archives,
  • legislation,
  • research reports,
  • maps
  • charts.

Most of these are subscription services, paid for by the University. In order to access them you need to login using your UHI number and password - these are the same details that you use for logging into you computer at the NAFC. You can get access from any computer with internet access. Access from a computer on the UHI network is usually straightforward, From off-campus you may need to take an extra step to identify yourself as UHI.

Accessing UHI eResources 'off-campus'.

When you use UHI eResources on a computer on campus, you will usually be prompted to enter your UHI username and password before being taken to the journal, database of ebook requested.

When you are off-campus you need to let the resource supplier know that you are entitled to use the resource. Unlike when you are on campus, the supplier will not recognise which institution you are from, so will not display the UHI login page.

The UHI uses systems called Shibboleth and The UK Access Management Federation to check your entitlement.The site may request 'Login via Shibboleth', 'Login via your Institution' or 'Institutional login'. There will be a space for you to type your institution name (University of the Highlands and Islands) and then you will be asked for your UHI username and password..

Access via MyUHI

We are constantly updating access to our eResources to make it easier to use them off campus, however certain resources can still only be accessed off campus by going through MyUHI, the UHI virtual desktop. This available on any computer with an internet connection. Once logged on to MyUHI, the eResource supplier will recognise you as coming from a UHI Computer.

You should note that all the eResources can be accessed this way, and it is often an easier method than finding a way to login via Shibboleth. You can find further information on MyUHI here

For full details of the E-resources available and how to use them, see the eResources library page

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Inter-Library Loans

UHI loans

As staff and students of the UHI, you are able to borrow books from any of the UHI libraries on inter-site loan. If you find a book in the UHI catalogue which isn't in the NAFC Library, contact the librarian to arrange this. We are also able to source hard-to-obtain material through the British Library.




Kids Corner

Young Marine Explorers

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Mums and Dads, Grandparents, Child Minders and Carers are all welcome to pop in with the bairns and borrow books - all that is needed is a simple registration.

You'll find us in the library on the first floor of the John Goodlad Centre - NAFC Marine Centre in Port Arthur, Scalloway. Just follow the signs for the Library.

We would also be delighted to see nursery classes, childcare groups and primary classes for group visits.

It is possible to arrange loans of a box of books for your class - please speak to the Librarian to set this up.

About the Explorers Corner

The Young Marine Explorers Corner at the NAFC Marine Centre Library was set up at the beginning of 2011 to offer an extra dimension to the facilities on offer at the Centre.

Although mainly intended as a facility to support students, teaching staff and researchers at the Centre, the NAFC Marine Centre's library also offers computers and internet facilities to both local people and visitors. Anyone can register as an 'external borrower' and borrow up to two books at a time.

We Hope that the Young Marine Explorers Corner will further encourage people in the area to come and see what the Centre has to offer, as well as promoting an interest in the Sea and Maritime industries.

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How to Borrow Books

  • Borrowing books is easy!
  • The first time you visit, simply register the child's name and address with a member of  library staff.
  • The library is open 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, but there is not always a member of staff on duty. We suggest that you call ahead of time the first time you visit, to make sure there will be someone available to register. The library direct line is 01595772350.
  • Once registered, you can borrow books even if there are no staff on duty. There is a 'self-service' sheet on the Librarian's desk - just fill out the details (name of the borrower, name and bar-code number of the book).
  • Books are loaned for 4 weeks at a time.


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UHI Library

As part of the university, students and staff of the NAFC Marine Centre have full access to the library resources provided by the university.

As well as a vast collection of eResources, the libraries of the colleges and institutions which make up the University participate in a free-of-charge Inter-Site Lending scheme. This means if we are unable to supply a title for you locally, chances are that we will be able to borrow it at no cost for you from another site. There are some restrictions to this - each institution may decide for reasons of value or fragility for instance, not to send particular items to another site. In general, however, the system works well and greatly increases the amount of resources available.