Island Libraries to Open up Further as of July 19th

Isle of Wight Council libraries will appear a bit more like their old selves from Monday (19 July).

Opening hours are going to be extended and there will no longer be limits on the number of people who can be in the building at any one time.

Other changes will see the return of comfortable seating in the adult and children’s libraries, study tables will be available and people will be able to read the day’s newspapers.

Computers will be available for free use and Islanders can once again look forward to the start of library events and activities for groups, families and children later in the year.

Councillor Jonathan Bacon, Cabinet lead for libraries, said: “When you visit your local library, please follow a few sensible COVID-19 precautions to keep yourself and other customers safe.

“Sanitise your hands on arrival, zap the NHS Test and Trace app or fill in a very small contact details form, and please continue to wear a face covering for your own safety and the safety of people around you.”

The council is reintroducing the 60p reservation charge on books from 19 July, but is extending the fines amnesty until the autumn.


  •  Revised opening hours of each library are as follows –

Cowes Library – Mon/Tues/Fri, 10am until12.30pm / 1.30pm until5pm, Sat 10am until 4.30pm.

Freshwater Library – Tues/Weds/Fri, 9.30am until 12.30pm / 1.30pm until 4.30pm, Sat 9.30am until 12.30pm.

Lord Louis Library, Newport – Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri, 9am until 5.30pm, Sat 9am until 5pm.

Ryde Library – Mon/Tues/Fri, 9am until 5.30pm, Weds 10.30am until 7pm, Sat 9am until 5pm.

Sandown Library – Tues/Thurs/Fri, 9am until 12.30pm / 1.30pm until 5pm, Sat 9am until 12.30pm / 1.30pm until 4.30pm.

Ventnor Library – Tues/Fri, 9.30am until 12.30pm / 1.30pm until 5pm, Weds 1pm until 6pm, Sat 9.30am until 12.30pm / 1.30pm until 4.30pm.