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.

Our new extension is now complete, bringing us much-needed extra storage space as well as a new home for our photographic archive.

We are open Tuesday - Saturday 10am-4pm.

 01736 364474

enquiries@morrablibrary.org.uk / photoarchive@morrablibrary.org.uk

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Morrab Library + Gardens Annual Summer Fete:

After waiting out the brief showers in the morning, the sun came out and so did lots of visitors – the gardens looked super: green + busy.

A delighted Mary Ellery (chairwoman) popped in this morning to say that the Friends of Morrab Gardens raised over £1700!  The library also did fantastically well, raising a massive £2768 – a whopping £721 improvement on last year:  
Seventeen savvy new members took advantage of our half price offer and the plant and bric-a-brac stalls added their £250 to the pot.  The raffle was popular and Mayor Jan drew Cedric Appleby’s (pictured in apron!) ticket for first prize with plenty of others following suit winning artwork, ceramics, tickets to the Eden Project and other prizes.  The Tombola stall had only a lonely can of lager left on it by 2pm and raised £83.00 and the cake stall was pretty much sold out by then too.  Tuesday saw the big clear up: bunting + banners away, tables stacked up, plenty of hoovering and its business as usual again at the library.
It was a fantastic day, so thank you to all who came along and supported the library and the gardens and a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered, washed up, brought coffee to stallholders, baked cakes, manned stalls and generally made the day run smoothly.

(photos – Glyn Richards) AH