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Ward Library
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Membership of the Ward Library
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Book reviews etc
Ward library address
Ward Library, Peel
Opening Times:



1:30 - 5:30pm
1:30 - 5:30pm
1:30 - 5:30pm
10:00am - 12 noon
2:00 - 6pm
10:00am - 12 noon
2:00 - 5:30pm
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How to find us:
From Market Place walk down Castle Street. Peel library is near the bottom, at the back of the Leece Museum

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Did You Know?
The library has over 15,000 books in its collection
We have a large collection of audio books and large print books for the visually impaired
The library can help with homework projects and general enquiries
The Internet is available at the library and you do not have to be a member to use it
You can borrow up to four books at any one time
We have a newspaper reading room with local and national papers
The Library has regular sales of surplus stock at very reasonable prices
You don't need to join to use our large collection of Manx reference books

gold star The library is proud to have received a gold star by UK Public Libraries for this website for "possessing an extra sparkle that enlivens the visitor's experience and showing flair in presenting interesting and original content online". Robert Harden of UK Public Libraries said "we like the attractive design, efficient navigation and opportunities for interactivity and we think it's the best of the Isle of Man library sites". smiley face

The Internet is available at the Library.
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Acceptable Use of Computers in the Ward Library

Due to the increased popularity of the Ward Library Internet access, the following rules apply:
• Internet access at the Ward Library is free for the first 30 minutes in any one day. It then costs £1.00 per half hour session or part thereof.
• The maximum session is one hour, but additional time can be arranged, provided demand for the computers is not high. If extra time is permitted it must be paid for in advance.
• Everyone will have to fill in a declaration form with name and address stating they have read the ‘Acceptable Use of Computers in the Ward Library’. On subsequent visits they must sign in at the Library issuing desk.
• Juniors under 16 must have a form filled in by parent/guardian and they will be issued with a card to show they have this permission on subsequent visits.
• Sessions may be booked in advance.
• Computers will be switched off 15 minutes before the Library closes, this may mean there will not be time for a full session.

Latest books in stock

A selection of new books in stock:
Simon Kernick – Stay Alive
Joanna Trollope – Balancing Act
JoJo Moyes – The One Plus One
Erica James – Summer at the Lake
Lyn Andrews – Liverpool Angels
Pamela Evans – On Her Own Two Feet
Mary Lawson – Roads End
Erica James – Summer at the Lake
M R Hall – The Burning


Insight Guides – Great Breaks Belfast
Janet Gleeson – The Lifeboat Baronet
Mary Berry – Mary Berry Cooks


Isabel Thomas – First Book of Emergency Vehicles Isabel Thomas - First Book of Bikes and Motorbikes
Anthony Sutton – Motocross Skills
Michael Rosen – 25th Anniversary edition of- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

The Ward Library offers Library users of all ages a varied collection of fiction, non-fiction and audio books.  The Library internet is free for the first 30 minutes and the library also offers a Wi-Fi connection.

Research has shown that “Public libraries are the number one point of online access for people without internet connections at home, school or work’’.

How do I join?
Visit your local library and a member of staff will help you to complete an application form. You may also fill in the form and join online, your ticket will be ready for use on payment of your annual subscription. If you are under 16, you will need to have your application form signed by a parent or carer. Students can join with Student Union card for reduced rate.

Can I borrow some books straightaway?
Once you have joined you will be able to borrow right away. The library has a wide range of fiction and information books for adults, teenagers and children.

What else can I do with my library card?
• Borrow books and talking books from the Ward Library
• Borrow Audio Book or Large Print books
• Access information for study, hobbies and leisure activities.
• Get free access to computers and the internet (See separate rulers and conditions)
How many items can I borrow at a time?
• Up to 4 books and 6 Audio books
How long can I borrow books for?
• Most books are loaned for 3 weeks.
• Bestsellers subject to demand
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If you can’t find what you are looking for please let us know - we will try and obtain them for you.
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There is a charge if you are late returning items you have borrowed, but you can avoid this by letting us know that you would like to keep them a bit longer. We will generally be able to give you a new date for returning them, but if someone else is waiting for them you will be asked to return them right away.
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You do not have to be a member of the Ward Library in order to use it. However if you would like to borrow any items, you will need to join.
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Centenary celebrations
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Photo courtesy of Doug Allan
Centenary celebrations
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arrow See also news of the Centenary and read about the history of Peel library

Ward library news

Carol's retirement, new Librarian and Junior library upgrade
Before and after"The junior library has finally had its upgrade, and it was worth the wait! The new bookcases and kinder boxes have wall muralalready had the seal of approval from the children. The work was only finished on Tuesday when the finishing touches were completed and I am very grateful to Jonathan and Alan from the outdoor staff who went above and beyond the call of duty (you will see what I mean when you call in)."

Junior library"I am so pleased that this work has been done before I retire, but it must be remembered that that this upgrade was only possible thanks to the generous donation from the family of the late Mr Timothy Ward Harvie of Canada. Tim was the great Grandson of James Kewley Ward, and I am very glad that the family want to maintain the family links with the Ward Library."

Junior section"Congratulations to Gemma Quilliam who has been appointed as the new Librarian. Gemma has already been in helping me get ready for leaving and meeting as many borrowers as possible. Gemma has lots of ideas she wants to introduce, and it will be an exciting new phase for the Library. I know I am leaving the Library in good hands."

" My actual retirement day is Wednesday 23rd April, but the ‘girls’ are arranging a leaving do for me on Saturday 19th April; I have just been told to turn up, so I have no idea what they are planning, but if you are passing on Saturday, please call in!

Thanks, Carol.
PS don’t worry about last bit if you are away for Easter!"

Free Membership at the Ward Library Since April 2014 joining the Ward Library is free of charge. When your normal renewal date becomes due, existing members will just need to confirm that they wish to renew their membership.

In future any new members will need to produce one form of Identification which must include your current address e.g. driving licence or utility bill.

Young people under 16 years of age will still need the signature of a parent or guardian, and proof of identity.

All you need to start borrowing items from the Ward library is a current Ward Library membership card. This card can only be used to borrow books from the Ward Library. No items can be borrowed without having a current library card. Visitor cards can still be issued.

New members joining online will need to present one form of identification when visiting the library for the first time, before the card can be used.

New users of the computer and Wi-Fi system will still need to fill in the registration form to use the Library computers and /or Wi-Fi.

Our "Book reviews etc" page has been relaunched with reviews of Manx books and CDs by Valerie Caine. If you'd like to contribute to this page please contact the library or

Films in Peel have very kindly donated over 60 DVDs to the Library for borrowers to take out on loan. These are some of the films shown at the Centenary Centre on film nights. They can be borrowed on receipt of a £2 deposit per DVD, and can be borrowed for one week. The deposit is refundable, unless the DVD is overdue.

The Library is very grateful to Films in Peel for this donation and for arranging the hand over of the Films and Mr Ray Harmer Chairman of the Commissioners who accepted them on behalf of the Library.

Don't forget you can renew your books online.

The popular Book Sale is still continuing, what started as a temporary sale seems to have become a permanent fixture; there are plenty of bargain books on offer, suitable for all ages.

Junior section

Wireless access on your own laptop

Wi-Fi connection is now available at the Ward Library.

•  Library staff will provide general information on the settings, but will not be responsible for any changes users have to make to their computer settings.

•  Printers will not be available via the wireless connection and users will only be able to use their own battery power.

•  Users will also have to agree and sign the existing Library Internet Policy.

• Wi-Fi users must also be aware that this connection is provided by the Commissioners as a public service, and cannot guarantee that the use of the wireless connection is secure, or that privacy is protected.   The use of this connection is entirely at the risk of the user.

• The more people using the system the weaker the signal will become, and at times there may be a restriction to the number of users.

• Normal internet charges will apply to cover the cost of the system.

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