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Question: Where can I find books about yachting and other maritime subjects?

Answer: You will find books on a wide variety of maritime subjects in all our branch libraries. Cowes Library houses the Island’s Maritime Collection. - Related Link

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Question: What services do you provide for people with eyesight difficulties?

Answer: We provide books in large print, talking books on tapes and cassettes, information in braille electronic format, and computer software and hardware to help people with eyesight difficulties. - Related Link

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Question: Where can I find music books, orchestral scores, sheet music, performance sets, teaching guides etc?

Answer: All our branch libraries contain books about music, and a selection of song books and music tutors. The Island's Music Collection is housed at Lord Louis and Ventnor Libraries.

Orchestral sets, sets of vocal scores and books on music are housed at Ventnor Library.

Individual playing scores, miniature scores, song books and tutors for a wide variety of instruments are housed in the Music Room at Lord Louis Library. - Related Link

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Question: What services do you provide for people with hearing difficulties?

Answer: All our libraries have hearing loops.

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Question: What happens if I lose my ticket?

Answer: Inform any local library as soon as possible, to prevent the possibility of someone else using the ticket.

Provide proof of name, in order to obtain a new ticket, for which there is a replacement charge of £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for children. The charge is waived for the first replacement card.

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Question: Where can I find books written about the Isle of Wight?

Answer: You will find lending books about the Isle of Wight at all of our branch libraries.

The main Local Studies Collection - which is for reference use only - is housed at the County Record Office in Newport.

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Question: How can I find out what books and other materials are available in the library?

Answer: You can search the library catalogue in most libraries on one of the dedicated computer terminals. Alternatively you can search the catalogue on the Council's website - Related Link

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Question: How can I access the internet?

Answer: Internet computers (The People’s Network) are available in all our libraries except the two mobile libraries. To use an internet computer you must either be a member of the Library Service, or provide appropriate identification, and agree to the acceptable use policy. It is free to use the computers, but we charge 20p per A4 sheet for printing. Freshwater and Ventnor Library have a range of tablets, provided by their Friends groups, which can be used to access the internet. There is also a free wifi connection available in all libraries. Ask library staff for the password, which changes every month. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer wireless printing.

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Question: Can I borrow CDs?

Answer: Due to very low demand, CD collections are no longer available in Isle of Wight libraries.

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