We’re sorry to say that the library is now closed until further notice, more information can be found here.

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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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Library Closure

Dear members, We were all set to contact you today to welcome you to 2021 and remind you that the library would be opening again from tomorrow. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister's announcement last night has scuppered that plan, and we now find that sadly, we need to...

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John le Carré (9 October 1931 – 12 December 2020)

David Cornwell, better known by his pen name John le Carré, was a passionate supporter and friend of Morrab Library for many years. As well as holding the role of President from 1997-2002, he later continued for many years as our Patron. His relationship with 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

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