Sandown Library

The library provides a welcoming space to relax in the heart of Sandown. See our library opening hours (PDF, 255KB, 1 page).

Our library facilities includes a community learning room which is available for hire.

The library is supported locally by our friends group which helps to raise money for the library and to provide regular events of all kinds. Join our online events through our Friends of Sandown Library Facebook page.

Special activities and events

New activities coming soon.

What we offer

  • Books
  • DVDs*
  • Free internet access and Wi-Fi
  • Free eBooks and eAudiobooks                 
  • Talking books on CD           
  • Large print books                                  
  • Computer facilities      
  • eMagazines
  • Free access to Find My Past  family history website
  • Online reference resources
  • Word processing facilities      
  • Scanning facilities        
  • Printing*                    
  • Colour/B&W photocopying facility*                                  
  • Local Studies collection                     
  • Newspapers                                       
  • Bus Pass applications                     
  • Teenage area                     
  • Children’s area         
  • Rhymetime
  • Introductory class visits
  • Community room hire 

 *Charges apply for these services.  

View our fees and charges list (PDF, 233KB, 2 pages).

Regular events and activities

Rhymetime

Held every Thursday from 10.30am to 11am. Free singing, dancing and music for toddlers.

Historical association

We have an exhibition of old Sandown photos throughout history, courtesy of the Sandown and District Historical Association. These are updated regularly and are well worth a look.

Find My Past

We have 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 into the library for more information, or call us. Booking is a good idea but not essential.

Family history

If you would like help getting started with your family history make an appointment for a free, one-to-one, hour-long session in the library. Sessions are on Thursdays at 11.30am. Booking is essential. Contact us for more information.

Knit and Natter

Takes place every Friday at 1.30pm. Whether you’re an experienced knitter or a complete novice, come along and join in the fun. Free tea and coffee provided.

DanceMakers

Held every Thursday at 1.30pm to 2.30pm. A gentle, creative programme of dance exercises. All levels of mobility welcome. Our dance group is free and there is no need to book. For more details, call Independent Arts on 01983 822437.

LEGO Club

Held on the first and third Saturdays of every month from 11am to 12.00pm. Our LEGO Club is free of charge, and there is no need to book. Come along and create models from our huge collection of LEGO. Adults welcome to join in.

Cinema Club

A film is shown on the second Friday of every month at 7pm. Tickets are £3 and booking is essential. Early booking recommended. Contact the library to join our mailing list for future titles.

Saturday Matinee on the second Saturday of the month, from 2.00pm. Tickets are £3 and booking is essential. Contact the library to join our mailing list for future titles.

Tea and Chat

Held on the last Friday of every month between 11am and 12.15pm. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and have chat to new and old friends. No need to book.