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Baby Rhymetime

Songs and rhymes for babies and their parents/carers.

  • Mondays 11am-11.30am


Songs and rhymes for Under 3s and their parents/carers.

  • Mondays 10am-10.30am


Stories for Under 5s and their parents/carers.

From 4 May

  • Saturdays 10.30-11am

BB&MB Book Club

Book Club for 6-11 year olds.

  • Second Thursday of the month, 4pm-5pm.
    (no sessions in August)

Knit and Knatter

All welcome.

  • fortnightly, meeting on Tuesday afternoons, 2.30pm-4pm.

Yugioh Club

For 13-17 year olds. Come along a play games. Refreshments available.

  • fortnightly 5pm-6.30pm on a Tuesday.

Create & Craft

All sorts of crafts. Anyone welcome. Refreshments available.

  • fortnightly on a Friday 2.30pm -4.30pm


Local Studies at Hythe Library

Hythe Library holds a comprehensive collection of local studies material relating to the covering Hythe and places such as Blackfield and Fawley. The collection is backed up by files of cuttings and indexes for various items such as maps.

Newspapers & Periodicals

  • Hampshire County Magazine 1961 to 2009
  • Hampshire Life 1998-2001
  • New Forest Magazine 1998-2006
  • Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club volumes 47-51 (on fiche)
  • Hampshire Archive Trust Newsletter - Spring / Autumn 1995 &1996, Autumn only 1997 & 1999, Spring / Autumn 2000 & 2001, Spring Only 2002, 2004, 2005, Spring / Autumn 2006 to 2010

Directories and Registers

  • Hampshire Directory 1784, 1792, 1828, 1844
  • Pigot’s Directory of Hampshire 1823-1824
  • Pigot & Co’s National Commercial Directory 1830
  • Slater’s Directory 1852-1853
  • White’s Directory 1859-1878
  • Post Office Directory 1847, 1855
  • Kelly’s Post Office Directory 1867
  • Kelly’s Directory, 1875, 1880, 1885, 1889, 1923, 1972, 1974

Please note many of the directories listed above are held on microfiche.


  • Hythe Library holds a large collections of historical Ordnance Survey Maps for the Hythe, Exbury, Lepe areas.  
  • HytheTown Centre Goad Plans 1997-1999, 2010


  • Photographs are not kept in the public area and researchers should request them from staff.

Census and International Genealogical Index

  • 1881 Census (birthplace index, census place index, Royal Navy etc)
  • 1891 Census, New Forest (Fawley, Eling, Lyndhurst)
  • 1991 Census District and Ward Statistics
  • Hampshire record Office Wills Index
  • Hampshire Genealogy Society Index to the 1851 Census


  • Material relating to the Dibden Bay Enquiry - Hythe Heritage Centre has larger collection.

Council Minutes and Agenda

  • Most recent only - please ask staff

Parish Registers

The room has a seating capacity of 30 and can be arranged with separate tables or a conference table for 12 people.

Facilities include an induction loop, instant boiling water, a fridge and a dishwasher.

Wi-fi extends into the room and a ceiling mounted data projector with laptop connections will be available.


  • £10 per hour for commercial hire
  • £7.50 per hour for community use

For bookings and enquires telephone 023 8084 1457



  • Public Computers
    Yes, 7 computers
  • WiFi
  • Scanner
  • Printing
    Yes, colour
  • Photocopying
    Yes, black and white and colour, A4, A3 and double-sided
  • Fax
  • Microfiche reader
  • Exhibition facilities
  • Room Hire
  • Local Studies Collection
  • Reading Group
  • Playaway Collection
  • Coffee Facilities


  • Wheelchair access
  • Parking on site
  • Disabled Parking
    2 Blue Badge bays
  • Magnifier
  • Hearing Loop
  • Public Toilets
  • VIP Reading Group

More accessibility and disability information


Hythe Library

Pylewell Road, Hythe
Southampton, SO45 6AQ
tel 0845 6035631 call charges

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Closed on Public Holidays

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