101 George Street
Isle of Wight
- 01983 823825
What we offer
Services available at this library:
Free e books
Energy Saving Monitors
Talking Books on CD*
Free Internet access
Free online language courses
Over 500 free online courses
Free access to Find My Past family history website
Online reference resources
Colour/B&W photocopying service*
Local Studies Collection
Garden Refuse Sacks*
Bus Pass Applications
*Charges apply for these services.
‘Shady Ladies’ Colouring Club
Why not come and have a lovely relaxing colouring session and a coffee with the Ryde Library Shady Ladies (Shady Men also welcome!) which runs on a Wednesday. All materials provided. Come along for as long as you like! Contact Jo or Angie on 823825 for details of the next meet.
‘Blokes’ Book Group
We need men for our men-only book group! The group meets once a month.
Please ask at the help desk or call us using the number on the contact tab above for further details.
‘Knit and Natter’
This group meets once every 4 weeks at Ryde Library from 5.30pm to 7pm on a Wednesday evening.
Bring your knitting – we’ll provide the refreshments – and make new friends.
Suitable for all ages and abilities, this group is free of charge and there’s no need to book. Please note that this is not a tuition group.
Contact the library on 823825 for details of the next meet.
Free Health Walks and Book Talks
Join us for a walk from Ryde Library followed by a book chat and refreshments.
Short walks usually take place on the middle Friday of each month, from 10.30am – 12.00pm
Long walks usually take place on the last Friday of each month, from 10.30am – 12.30pm.
These events are free but numbers are limited, so please call in to the library or phone us using the number on the contact tab above to book a place.
Reading groups meet once a month. Please ask at the help desk or call us using the number on the contact tab above for further details.
We have plenty of spaces at our friendly Monday Book Group! The group meets on the third Monday of each month at 3.30pm in the library. Call Diane on 823825 for more details.
Come and study the case of artefacts and visual display, which has been provided by the Island Museum Service.
Find my Past
Ryde Library has free access to ancestry website, ‘Find My Past’. Search for your ancestors in census records and use parish records to find births, marriages and deaths dating back to 1538!
Pop in to the library for more information or give us a ring.
Free family history sessions
We are now taking names for the FREE sessions below! Please leave your details at the enquiry desk and we will contact you in due course.
Free family history for absolute beginners – Want to learn how to research your family tree? Why not try our one-hour starter session to learn the basics.
Stuck on part of your family history? – Have you already started your family research and are stuck as to what to do next? Why not book a 30-minute session and we will see if we can help!
The Gallery on the library’s upper floor is free to book for your art or photography exhibition. Please ask in the library for details of available dates, and for booking conditions.
If you enjoy art, come and look at a selection of paintings or photographs displayed each month.
Our recently expanded section of withdrawn library books and other stock (CDs, DVD’s, talking books) for sale are to be found towards the back of the library, and feature in the library on a permanent basis.
LEGO Club takes place fortnightly on a Tuesday, for children aged 5+.
The club runs from 3.30pm – 4.30pm in the children’s library.
It’s free of charge, and you don’t need to book a place. Come along for as long as you like! Call the library for dates.
Rhyme time for under 5s
Rhyme time is an informal session of rhymes and songs for babies and toddlers using bells and rattles, and making lots of noise!
The ‘Rhyme Time’ session, which takes place every Monday (except bank holidays), runs from 10.30am – 11am.
A regular half-hour storytime for younger children, (ideally between 3 – 8 years) from 11am – 11.30am every Saturday.
It’s free to come along, and you don’t need to book in advance. Children should be supervised by an adult at all times.
Become a Storytime Superstar with our reward system! Every time you come to Storytime, receive a star on your chart. When you’ve collected 4 stars, you can take home a weekly children’s DVD rental for free!