Isle of Wight Council

Lord Louis Library

Libraries COVID-19 Advice

Service Update - COVID-19

From February 24 2022, in line with the Government's roadmap towards Living with Covid, Isle of Wight Libraries have removed most Covid-related restrictions.

Prior to your library visit:

  • There is no need to book your visit in advance

  • Please have your library card with you to keep transaction time at a minimum.

  • You do not need to book in advance to use a public computer, although you can still choose to book in order to guarantee availability.

  • In order to protect other users and staff, you may prefer to wear a face mask / face covering inside library buildings, unless exempt.

  • Do not visit the library if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Library services are still available online, including access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, newspapers, music, comics and graphic novels. You can access these services from the Library Service website will be posted on the Library Service Facebook page. We will be posting book links, Rhyme Times, story sessions and many other activities.

Library opening hours

Library   Phone  Hours  Days
 Cowes  293341 10am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 5pm  Mon, Tues, Fri and Sat (Sat: 10am - 4.30pm, no lunch time closure)
 Freshwater  752377 9.30am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 4.30pm  Mon (morning only), Tues, Weds, Fri and Sat (morning only)
 Lord Louis(Newport)  823823 9am - 5.30pm  Open every day except Weds and Sun. Closes at 5pm on Sat.
 Ryde  823825 9am - 5.30pm  Open every day except Thurs and Sun. Weds hours: 10.30am to 7pm. Closes at 5pm on Sat.
 Sandown  402748 9am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 5pm  Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat. Closes at 4.30pm on Sat.
 Ventnor  852039 9.30am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 5pm  Tues, Weds, Fri and Sat. Closes at 4.30pm on Sat.


There are currently no fines on late books, so if you still have books which you borrowed before or during lockdown, please do try return them to the library when you can. However, we understand that not everyone will be able to get to their usual library at the moment, so if you are unable to travel, please contact your local library (see phone numbers above) and we can extend your loans. 




Public computers are available for customers to use. They do not need to be booked in advance, but please do check with library staff before starting to use a computer. This is so that we can direct you to a computer that has been cleaned and is - wherever possible - appropriately distanced from other computers which are in use.

Free WiFi is available. Please ask library staff for the current password.

Groups and activities

Our regular groups and activities such as Rhyme Time, book groups etc.have resumed  Further information can be found on the Library Service website or Library Service Facebook page.

Mobile Library

The Mobile Library is not currently running due to the challenging task of carrying out the necessary social distancing in such a small vehicle. Regular Mobile Library customers have been contacted and those unable to travel to any other library have been offered the chance to temporarily transfer to the Home Library Service and receive doorstep deliveries.

Community Libraries

The information on this web page only applies to the council-run libraries, but the community libraries are now open. You will need to contact community libraries directly to find out their reopening plans. Find out more about community run libraries