Cowes Library

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Books by the Guests of the Isle of Wight Literary Festival 10 - 13 October 2019 at Northwood House

Cowes Library has a book display of some of the writers and authors appearing at this year's IWLF at Northwood House. These books can be borrowed from the Library with your library card, or just come and browse. All the Island Libraries have Literary Festival Programmes which show all the speakers and is free to pick up. If Cowes Library hasn't got the title you are looking for, then books can be requested from another library, if in stock, for a small fee.

The Bobby Scheme Drop- in at Cowes Library Tuesday 15 October 2019 10am - 12.30pm

The Bobby Scheme is supported by the Charity The Blue Lamp Trust and provides free safety and security checks for the elderly and the vulnerable in our communities. They can sign people up for home security visits, fit door chains, window locks all free of charge.  

Philo Cafe at Cowes Library 7 - 9pm

Dates and topics:

Thursday 17 October 2019: Can right actions have bad consequences?

Thursday 28 November 2019: Does pragmatism kill creativity?

This is a monthly event, and provides thoughtful and lively discussion and an opportunity to talk about the way we and our communities, as well as society, national and international, deal with the challenges of modern life. Using the form of Socratic Method of careful listening and considered responses, the group follows the tradition of a critical philosophy as used by the Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy. No knowledge of academic philosophy is needed as critical philosophy begins with the experience and wisdom of ordinary people.

View more information on the  Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy website.

Refreshments are available courtesy of the Supporters of Cowes Library Group, so just come along for an interesting and friendly evening, or for more information contact Cowes Library by using our online form. Alternatively our other contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above.

Family History One-2-One Mondays 10:00am - 12:00pm

Cowes Library has a friendly and experienced family historian offering one to one sessions to assist with growing your family tree. Whether just starting out or needing help with a family history mystery,

Sessions are held in Cowes Library on Monday mornings at an hourly rate of £6 per hour. If this is not convenient, then speak to a member of staff to arrange an alternative time. Research can also be done for you. If you want a short consultation before booking a session, again speak to a member of staff, our contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above. Booking is essential.

Calling all ipad owners - do more with your ipad!

iPad lessons at Cowes Library

Cowes Library has an experienced volunteer who is running a series of 3 - 2 weekly hour lessons to help you get the most out of your iPad. This course is for anyone owning an iPad. You will need to bring your iPad along with you. Lessons are being held on Tuesday afternoons 2 - 4pm. If this is not a convenient time, then speak to a member of staff. This will be an ongoing course depending on demand. 

Cost is £15 for the 3 sessions.(All monies being donated to the Cowes Patients Group). You must book in advance or to register your interest, contact Cowes Library by using our online form, alternatively our other contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above. You will booked onto the next available course          

Drawing Group for beginners and improvers with local artist Bethany Moore

If you like drawing or would love to learn, this is a fun and friendly group. Each week, there are interesting things to draw, different mediums  to try from pastels, water colours, inks and acrylic paints, and guidance and tips through the sessions. You can try out different  drawing mediums and be inspired by new and classic ideas. Weekly sessions are based in Cowes Library with refreshments provided.

The classes are on-going i.e. Spring, Summer and Autumn sessions and can be joined at any time. 

Costs are:


  • £15 per session. 
  • £60 for 5 sessions. 
  • £100 for 10 sessions.

To book or for more information email Bethany at or contact Cowes Library using the 'Contact' tab above.                                                                                                                                                     

Cowes Heritage Ongoing Exhibition 2018 - 19: 'Charlie's Lifetime Collection'

The ongoing Cowes Heritage display in Cowes Library is currently showing the exhibition 'Charlie's Lifetime Collection', a fascinating collection of photographs, documents and memorabilia left by long-time Cowes resident and historian Charles Taylor

The exhibition can be seen during normal opening hours and is changed on a monthly basis.

View more on the Cowes Heritage website.

Friends of Northwood Cemetery Exhibition

The Friends of the Cemetery have a small exhibition in the Library showing the Cemetery area and the developments that are on-going in this fascinating space.