In the centre of Newton Abbot stands a most striking building, named the Passmore Edwards Public Library. The library first opened in 1904 after a donation of £2500 by John Passmore Edwards (public subscription and the council paid for the rest of the building). John Passmore Edwards originally wanted to build a hospital in memory of his mother, however, as the town already had a hospital, he decided on a public library. Originally the building also housed a science, art and technical school in addition to being a library. The building was designed by Silvanus Trevail, and is in a style of Renaissance with terracotta mouldings over both the windows and doorways.
The Library is situated on the corner of Market Street/Highweek Street. It is therefore within easy access from two public car parks (Asda & The livestock market multi-storey). The library is 20 minutes walk from the railway station and the bus station is less than a five minutes walk to the library.
Services Available in the Library:
* Adult and children’s books for loan
* Reference and information books and leaflets
* Local Studies materials
* Use of PCs with Internet, email, and word processing/Office (including Specially adapted PC+ Computer for people with disabilites)
* Music CDs, Audio Books (Spoken word) on cassette and CD & DVDs available to borrow
* Language courses
* Requests service for books, music and film
* Photocopier & Fax facilities
* Community Noticeboard
* Display/exhibition space
* Activities and events for children
* Railway Studies collection
* Reading group
* Children’s book club
Joining the Library:
Anyone can join the Library for free by asking a member of the library staff. The only thing you will require is some ID as official proof (e.g. driving licence, utility bill) of your name and address.
You can borrow 8 books and 4 recorded sound items and 4 DVDs (half this entitlement the first time you borrow or if you are a visitor) The Library staff will be happy to explain your entitlement when you join.
Books and spoken word may be borrowed for 21 days, and can be renewed.
Music and video items are hired on a weekly basis. Audiobooks are hired for three weeks ( Fees apply to these items).
You can return items to any Devon library, with the exception of items borrowed from mobile libraries which need to be returned to the mobile from which they were borrowed.
For people with disabilities:
* Free initial loan of Music CDs and cassettes
* Free recorded sound reservations
* Lower fines on books which are overdue
* Extra recorded sound loans
For people over 65:
* Lower fines on books which are overdue
For young people (under 16):
* No fines for under 5s on books which are overdue
* Lower fines for 6 – 15 year olds on books which are overdue
* FREE loan of stories on CD
* Free reservations of children’s books
Railway studies collection:
The Railway Studies Collection, which is held within the library was first opened in 1991 in recognition of the town’s Railway heritage. The Railway Studies collection is manned by a Librarian on weekdays and volunteers on Saturdays.
The collection covers all aspects of Britain’s Railways and contains materials of interest to railway and social historians, writer’s modellers, researchers and people concerned with the contemporary scene. There is broad ranging material on the West Country Railways from the Great Western and London South Western/Southern periods up to the present day. Additionally there is an extensive amount of information on the remainder of the UK’s railway network including imited dealings with railways in other countries.
The collection provides information on standard gauge railways, broad gauge, narrow gauge, industrial Lines, miniature railways, underground railways and preserved railways.
Information is available in various froms such as books, pamphlets, timetables, photographs, post cards, slides, drawings, maps, magazines and videos.
The reference only collection is open to the public on :-
* Wednesdays 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm
* Thursdays 10am to 1pm
* Saturdays 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm