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

Morrab Library is an independent library established in 1818, situated in the beautiful Morrab Gardens in Penzance, Cornwall. We hold over 70,000 books on floor-to-ceiling shelves as well as archives and a rich photographic collection. The library contains a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction books in the rambling rooms of a delightful Victorian building.

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

01736 364474 | enquiries@morrablibrary.org.uk

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Christmas Closing Times

Please note that the Library will close for Christmas at the end of the day on Saturday 21st December and re-open for business on Thursday 2nd January. We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the new year.  

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LIBRARY CLOSED - TUESDAY 26th NOVEMBER We're sorry to say that due to the high winds, the Council has closed Morrab Gardens for the day, and therefore the library will need to close as well. We will be closed for all of today, Tuesday 26th November. The forecast for...

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New Books for Autumn/Winter 2019

Pictured here are the covers of just some of the wonderful (& typically eclectic) new additions that have arrived in the library over the last few months...  Most of these can be found on the new additions shelves by the library desk - if they haven't...

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If there is an afterlife, I very much hope that those good enough in this one might be rewarded with an exact replica of the Morrab Library – to sit out eternity browsing its shelves, reading in its chairs, and looking out of its high windows.

Philip Marsden

Whether you’re an impassioned bibliophile or just someone who loves a good read, the Morrab is for you: a Cornish treasure house, a meeting place for like-minded souls, and a vibrant forum for contemporary writing.

John le Carré

Formally known, in those days, as the Penzance Library, the elegant house in its beautiful garden had a welcoming atmosphere and BOOKS – rooms full of them, in shelves floor to ceiling, on every topic I could possibly want to read about…it’s…a treasure house, an island of civilization and tranquility in an ever faster and more furious world.

Jessica Mann