The community libraries at Bembridge and Brighstone are provided in partnership with volunteers from the local villages, the Isle of Wight Council and Community Action IW. At each library there is a voluntary steering committee that takes care of the day to day operation of the library and the fundraising activities to secure the library’s ongoing financial viability. The Isle of Wight Council provide the Bembridge premises, the books, regular stock rotation and specialist support and advice. Community Action IW has legal responsibility for the service and provides support to the steering committee.
Opening hours are:
Monday 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:30 – 16:30
Wednesday 9:30 – 12:30
Friday 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:30 – 16:30
Saturday 9:30 – 12:30
To contact the Bembridge Community Library please call 01983 873102
With a dedicated team of up to 40 volunteers Bembridge Library is a thriving focal point of the village. The Library is housed in the former school house which some of the volunteers working at the library attended for their primary education!
The IW Council owned building also houses the Bembridge Heritage Centre.
Brighstone Community Library
Opening Times are:
Tuesday: 9.00 am – 12.30 pm
Thursday: 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
To contact Brighstone Community Library please call 01983 740446
Brighstone Community Library operates with the support of around 30 volunteers. Housed in what was built as the original reading rooms for the village. The beautifully preserved premises are owned by the National Trust and are situated on North Street, in the heart of the Village of Brighstone.
Adjoining the library, is the Brighstone Village Museum run by the Brighstone Museum Trust with an evocative tableau and interesting exhibition on village life in the 19th century. The museum is open when the library is open.