Brighstone Library is one of five community libraries on the Isle of Wight. Not far inland from the campsite I was on that weekend, it was easy to pop in for a visit.
The library is in North Street, Brighstone, and offers all the things you might expect from a library including internet access and copying services, all run by the 30 odd library volunteers as part of the County’s (Isle of Wight’s) library service.
The ladies on duty were most friendly and helpful when I turned up to ask them questions and take their photo. While I was there another volunteer turned up with her dog.
The National Trust owns the building. The cottage houses a small but rather good village museum run by the Brighstone Museum Trust; it’s free to enter and access is via the library, during opening hours.
The library is in what used to be a shop, and before that an outbuilding, attached to an 18th century cottage. The cottage has a stone above the door engraved T L H and 1743. The whole building is Grade II listed.
The Parish Council will soon be taking over the overseeing of the library from Community Action Isle of Wight.
I’m all in favour of this. Reading, communication and community is such an important part of life, and here we have four organisations coming together to make the library, and the museum, work.