The library was built on land donated by local businessman Mr Alexander Keller (builder of the Savoy Hotel). The architect was James Newman.
The article linked below notes: By 1906 there were 2,745 books available with an additional reference library, a ladies room had been opened, and fossils from around the Island (now housed at Dinosaur Isle) formed a geology collection.
Current status: Still open as a public library, run by the Isle of Wight council (2021)
- Year grant given (if known): 1903
- Amount of grant: £2,000
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905 by Lord Alverstone (Lord Chief Justice of England)
Photo of library in 2020:
The library has a sandstone plaque on the side of the building, recording the Carnegie gift. It has unfortunately become eroded and illegible – but the Friends group were trying to raise funds to revive it.
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet
- Web page: Sandown library – a history