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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Brand new books!

The Book Selection Committee (Annabelle, Sheila, Jenny, George and Eric) met last week: Choosing from members’ suggestions and their own reasearch they’ve ordered thirty-six new titles for the library.  The new books have begun to arrive, and its been a treat to open the boxes (lovely-new-book-smell) and start cataloguing.  List of all the new titles below:


The Naive & Sentimental Novelists (Orham Pamuk), The Arsenic Century (James C. Whorton), Held By The Sea (Jane Darke), Cables From Kabul (Cowper Coles), The Levelling Sea (Philip Marsden), The Russian Court at Sea (Frances Welch), Working The Room (Geoff Dyer), Venetian Navigations (Andrea di Robilant), Adonis to Zorro (Delahunty & Dignen), In Search of a Masterpiece (Christopher Lloyd), The House in France (Gully Wells), The Butterfly Isles (Patrick Barkham), The Smell of Summer Grass (Adam Nicholson), Kiki de Montparnasse (Jose-Luis Bocquet), The Sugar Barrons (Matthew Parker), The Bauhaus Group (Nicholas Fox-Weber)


The Troubled Man (Henning Mankell), A Death In Summer (Benjamin Black), Jamrach’s Menagerie (Carol Birch), Sex and Stravinsky (Barbara Trapido), Underground Time (Delphine de Vigan), The Last Gift (Abdulrazak Gurnah), A Visit From the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan), Manna From Hades (Carola Dunn), Warhorse (Michael Morpurgo), How To Live (Sarah Bakewell), Mr Chartwell (Rebecca Hunt), The Stranger’s Child (Alan Hollinghurst), The Doll (Daphne du Maurier), The Bradshaw Variations (Rachel Cusk), Today (David Miller), On His Majesty’s Service (Allan Mallinson), Invisible River (Helena McEwan), The Girl in The Polka Dot Dress (Beryl Bainbridge), King of The Badgers (Philip Hensher), The Mirabelles (Annie Freud)