Lord Louis Library Newport

Service Update:

Lord Louis Library is having building works. As a result the library will be operating from a restricted space from 27 March until August 2023.

Due to this work some of our regular events, including Rhymetime and all Lego Clubs, will not be taking place during this time.

Please contact the library on 01983 823823 to check the situation.

Welcome to Lord Louis Library. We offer you a relaxing space in the heart of Newport with books, activities, and other community resources.

See our library opening hours (PDF, 255KB, 1 page).

What we offer

  • Books
  • Free internet access and Wi-Fi
  • eBooks
  • Talking books on CD*                  
  • Large print books
  • Computer facilities      
  • eMagazines
  • Free access to Find My Past family history website
  • Online reference resources
  • Word processing
  • Printing*                    
  • Colour/B&W photocopying service*                                   
  • Reference section                     
  • Local Studies collection                     
  • Newspapers                                         
  • Bus Pass applications
  • Teenage area                     
  • Children’s area         
  • Rhymetime
  • Radar keys* (£4 each)

 *Charges apply for these services.

View our fees and charges (PDF, 226.19KB, 2 pages).

Regular events and activities

Please contact the library on 01983 823823 to check if a club is running, whilst building works are taking place. Building works are expected to finish August 2023.

Tea and Chat (for the over 60s)

If you're over 60 years old, interested in meeting new people, and having a cup of tea and a good old chat? Come down to us every other Monday, 10:30am to 12pm. See our noticeboard in the library for our session dates.

Bereavement Group

The first Tuesday of the month, 10.30am to 12pm. This group offers support and a listening ear. Pop along for a comforting cuppa and a chat. Visit the library to find out more.

Rhymetime - currently unavailable due to building works

Every Friday, from 10am to 10.30am and 11am to 11.30am, there is a Rhymetime for babies of all ages. Come down, sing some rhymes, have fun, and maybe make new friends too.

Children's storytime and craft 

Storytime is held at 11am on the last Saturday of the month. It’s free and there’s no need to book.

We also regularly hold craft events for children and have visiting storytellers. See our library noticeboard, situated in the library for more details.

LEGO Club - currently unavailable due to building works

On the first and third Tuesday of every month, 3.30pm to 4.30pm, the library holds a free LEGO club for children aged 5 years and over. There's no need to book, so just turn up.

Duplo group - currently unavailable due to building works

For children under 5 years, every Tuesday 10.30am to 11.30am

Home Ed LEGO Club - currently unavailable due to building works

For home-educated children, this LEGO club is held on the second Monday of every month. 10.30am to 11.30am. Age 5 years and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dungeons and Dragons Club

Dungeons and Dragons groups are held every Saturday morning for youths 10 to 15 years old. These groups have limited numbers and you must sign up to come along. Ask us at the library to join.

Digital assistance

On the second and fourth Thursday of every month, volunteers from Age UK IW will be at the library to help with smartphone and tablets. Drop in between 10.30am and 12pm. Don't forget to bring your device.

Art group

An untutored art group meets every Thursday from 9am to 12pm in Newport Library. Places are limited, so contact the library to book or you can go onto a waiting list.

Knit and Natter

Knit and natter is a regular knitting group held in the Lord Louis Library. There are two free sessions every month held on the first Thursday of the month 10am-12pm, and the third Thursday of the month, 2pm to 4pm. Bring along your latest project. Tea, coffee and natter provided.

Reading group

The Library reading group meets once a month at the library on the first Thursday at 5.15pm. Ask at the counter or call for details.

Book sale

Withdrawn library books and other stock are on sale, on the first Saturday of the month (except for January). Come down and pick up a bargain.

Reference and music libraries

The reference section contains encyclopaedia, dictionaries and reference works on a wide range of subjects. The music library contains single copy scores of classical and popular music and tutors for a wide selection of instruments.

Friends of the Library

The library has a friends group. If you are interested in becoming a Friend of Lord Louis Library, contact us for more information. The Friends of Lord Louis Library Facebook page is where they post details of all the events happening at the library.