Ariel view showing location of the Friends’ Rooms and Library
Current opening times
Friends’ Rooms and Library
Every Thursday morning
10.00 – 12.00
Friends Rooms and Library
In November 2016 we moved into a suite of rooms within the Osborne House Kitchen Courtyard (which is conveniently located opposite the public toilets). There is a library, coffee/tea available at a nominal charge in the Members’ Sitting Room, together with a varied selection of items for sale. We have built up a member’s library and books can be signed out for a nominal charge. Since the1990s our member’s library has been opened weekly and used by members and students (by request) for research.
Directions: Park in the Osborne House public car park, show your Membership Card at the English Heritage ticket point, walk in the direction of the House, and take the small road on the right (marked “Closed to Visitors’). The slight downhill road leads onto a quadrangle, the Kitchen Courtyard. As you enter the courtyard the door to the Members’ Rooms is on the right hand side.
Since its inception the Friends has acquired by donation small artefacts, prints and ephemera. In 1991 members purchased a Victorian model of the House for £180, which is on display in the Friends of Osborne sitting room.
Plea for volunteers
The Friends of Osborne library has a wonderful selection of books about Victoria and Albert, their descendants as well as Osborne House, historic events and many other Royal Family members. While visiting the library you can enjoy a tea or coffee and chat with other members in the sitting room or try and help complete the jigsaw of Osborne House.
We are looking for more volunteers to help once a month assisting in the library and making refreshments for the visiting members. If you are interested contact Allison Rogers on 616634
The Friends Rooms and Library are currently open 10:00 – 12:00 every Thursday even when the house is not open. Additional opening dates can be arranged.
All members are welcome; there is a comfortable sitting room and refreshments are available.