Christmas closing at The Morrab Library

The Morrab Library will close for the Christmas holidays at 4pm on Friday 22nd December. We will reopen again in the new year at 10am on Tuesday 2nd January 2024. We wish you a Merry Christmas! 

Last tour of The Morrab Library in 2023

The final opportunity (of 2023) to pop into the Library for our weekly, free, drop-in library tours will be Friday 8th December at 2pm. The tours will resume on Fridays at 2pm in the new year – watch this space to find out the first date for 2024.

About us



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. The Morrab Library is a registered charity and depends on the support and generosity of our library community.

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

01736 364474 |

Latest news

Looking for Christmas gifts?

    We have a variety of other uniquely 'Morrab' gift options which all help to support the work of the library - Gift Membership Share your love of Morrab Library with friends or family - a gift that include access to 70,000 books(!), tranquil work spaces,...

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Meet our new Artists-in-Residence

We are delighted to announce that Rebecca Harvey and Lucy Sparrow are our new Artists in Residence from November 2023 into 2024. Their joint residency is titled “Revealing Morrab Library: Poetry & Porcelain” and will draw from their respective disciplines. Rebecca...

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Morrab Library Christmas Cards now on sale

This year’s Morrab Library Christmas Cards are now on sale, featuring a beautiful image by own staff member Harriet.  You can purchase them from reception at £1.00 per card, £2.75 for a pack of three, or £4.75 for a pack of five. All proceeds go to the care of the...

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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

If you like books, if you like history, if you like beautiful houses, if you like hidden treasures, if you like people, if you like peace, you will LOVE Morrab. In fact, if you are alive, you will love it there.

Dawn French

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