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.
These are just a handful of the new titles that have arrived in the library this month – if they aren't out on loan already you can find them on our new additions shelves!read more
We're now offering individual student membership at £20 for the whole year. Membership means access to over 70,000 books, book-lined Victorian rooms with desks, sockets & often a sea view, the all essential WiFi, tea & coffee & the equally essential...read more
LIBRARY CLOSED!! Due to the deteriorating weather conditions, the Council have made the decision to close the Gardens for the rest of the day, and therefore the Library will also be closed. We hope to re-open tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at 10.00am as usual.read more
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.
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.
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.