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Library and Lifelong Learning

The Public Library is located at a redeveloped site at Porthcressa (next door to Dibble and Grub cafe). (01720) 424322,

The library has a wide selection of books for loan, and also a small selection of DVDs and audio tapes, and you can borrow audio/ebooks via their online service. Visitors can borrow books using their mainland library card.

Public internet access is available in the library (free for children), along with free WiFi for IOS members, and an IT surgery every Thursday morning (10-12).

Opening hours:
Monday: 9.30 - 12.00 and 4.30 - 7.00
Tues, Weds, Thurs and Friday: 9.30 - 12.00 and 2.00 - 4.30
Saturday: 9.30 - 12.00 only

Lifelong Learning
The Lifelong Learning department of the Council of the Isles of Scilly is now located at Carn Gwaval, St Mary's, adjascent to the Sports Hall (use the same entrance and follow the signs). They offer some fantastic learning opportunities in a diverse range of subjects - from business skills to jewellery making, and from 'e-spanish' (delivered online) to RYA day skipper. There's something for everyone. (01720) 424880,


The Isles of Scilly Museum, situated in Church Street, St Mary's holds a comprehensive collection of maritime, social and natural history of the islands. (01720) 422337.

Bronze age artefacts - Then and Now photographs - Wild flowers - Nautical knots - 16th Century artefacts - Cargo from the Cita - Musical instruments - Hollandia Coins - Flotsam and jetsam - Barrel organ - Domestic pottery - Katie's kitchen - Weights and measures - Royal visists - Cannon muskets swords - Ships' bells - A fully rigged pilot gig built in 1877.

Opening times:
Easter - 30th Sept: Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 16.30
1st October - Easter: Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 12.00

Evening Activities

The schedule of evening activities varies from week to week. Drop in to the Tourist Information Centre and pick up a copy of 'What's On in Scilly this week', and make sure you look out for notices and posters around town.

The possibilities are likely to include all or some of the following:

  • Gig racing - Wednesdays (women) and Fridays (men). Boats usually leave St Mary's quay at 7.45pm, but check beforehand as they leave earlier/later for certain races.
  • Evening boat trips - from St Mary's, these are usually every night to St Agnes, and some nights to St Martin's. Plus special birdwatching trips etc.
  • Theatre Club performances - fortnightly through the summer.
  • Scillonian Entertainers - a variety show.
  • Regular slide shows - for example 'Shipwrecks, seals and sea squirts', and 'Scilly Through the Ages'.
  • Bingo and whist drive - weekly at the Scillonian club.
  • Choral Society and Scilly Sirens (a women's choir) performances.
  • Live music - local and visiting bands, at the various pubs on St Mary's and the off-islands.
  • Cellar disco - Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights at Porthcressa.
  • Visiting theatre companies, opera etc

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