Above is John Broom photographed by Gunnie Moberg in the reference section of Stromness Library in the 1980s.
The librarian & caretaker post at Stromness Public Library was once a live-in position with accommodation above the library. When the building opened in 1906 the salary of £6 was offered along with two rooms, firing & lighting and taxes paid. In 1955 the salary had risen to £104 and the accommodation included a bathroom.
We have a full list of all the librarians of Stromness Library
(thank you to Bobby Leslie)
James L Brass
John Broom once owner of Stromness Books & Prints, the shop still bears his name above the door. He was also the librarian at Stromness Academy.
Both Becky and Carol continue stamping books for Stromness in the new library. They are joined at The Warehouse Building by:
and relief staff Keely Donald & Angela Fairhurst
John Broom in Stromness Library 1987. Photograph by Alistair Peebles.