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:
Cafe and courtyard
Meeting rooms for hire
Book groups and events
Free public computers and WiFi
Printing, copying and scanning facilities
Exhibition and display space
Learning Disability Service Day Centre
Railway Studies Library
Home library service
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.
Benefits for Members
Up to 12 books
4 CDs (music or audio books)
4 language courses
5 eBooks or eAudiobooks
eMagazines (no limit and you can keep them)
Computers and Internet for up to 2 hours a day
A range of online reference services
Railway studies collection:
The Railway Study Collection is situated entirely on the first floor of the Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot (lift available).
Opening Hours are the same as the library at the Centre:
9.00am – 6.00pm Monday
9.00am – 6.00pm Tuesday
9.00am – 6.00pm Wednesday
9.00am – 6.00pm Thursday
9.00am – 5.00pm Friday
9.00am – 4.00pm Saturday
Within the collection is a large selection of books, leaflets, pamphlets, timetables, periodicals, images, maps and diagrams to help those researching the railway scene in Britain.
Most of the books are freely available for the public to use in the library.
The most recent popular magazines are available in the library as are many of the maps. Leaflets, pamphlets, periodicals and timetables are kept in our store, also on the first floor and can be accessed by the staff on request.