A rich resource for research, or a place to borrow the latest novel

The Morrab Library. Photo by Glyn Richards.The Morrab Library is an independent library established in 1818, housed in a Victorian mansion in the beautiful Morrab Gardens in Penzance, Cornwall. We hold over 55,000 books on floor-to-ceiling shelves as well as archives and a rich photographic collection.

We are currently commissioning our new extension bringing us much-needed extra storage space as well as a new home for our photographic archive.

We are open Tuesday - Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-1pm.

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Extension Grand Opening, Saturday 18th October 2014

The future looks bright!

On Saturday 18th October we had the grand opening of our wonderful new extension. Due to space restrictions the event was for invited guests only and the Library was packed full for the big celebration. Guests included Lord St Levan; Grand Bard Maureen Fuller; the Mayor David Nebesnuick; Mike and Sharon Higgins of the the Myner Trust; Lucy Nottingham from The Tanner Trust; Ian King representing Cornwall Council; Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole architect Simon Burgess; Library staff, volunteers and the Library Management Committee and old and new friends from far and wide. Our president A.N.Wilson sent his best wishes but was unable to attend due to filming commitments in Germany.

A good time was had by all – canapes courtesy of Little Wonder Cafe and plentiful wine from Mounts Bay Wine Company.

In accordance with the late Mr Myner’s wishes the ribbon was cut by Annabelle, the Librarian, and following the official ceremony the guests were shown around the new rooms. Of special interest was the new Photographic Archive Room, kitted out with state of the art equipment in readiness for the digitisation project of the entire photographic collection. The three new archival rooms in the basement were also on show as was the new and exciting Art Room on the ground floor.

We now have a glorious building and a passion for the place which gives us the confidence to grow and continue to add to the cultural life of the town and Cornwall. The new building is a visual celebration of our future. It combines modern eco-friendly design with sensitivity to the town’s history and cultural heritage. Buildings old and new have merged to create a wonderful library. The old building redolent of a more leisurely time and the new extension humming with creative activity.

We are so lucky to have a chance to expand and with libraries closing all over the country it is important to celebrate our achievements both here and in the wider world. Our gratitude and most sincerest thanks to all those involved with bringing this fantastic project to fruition.

Sharon Higgins of the Myner Trust opens proceedings

Guests at the grand opening, including Penzance's Mayor David Nebesnuick

Librarian Annabelle Read cutting the ribbon to the new extension (action shot!)  Annabelle toasting the event

Food supplied by Little Wonder Cafe  Food supplied by Little Wonder Cafe