Hilda Quick & VE Day


The library is lucky to hold archives of work by the Cornish artist and illustrator Hilda Quick.

Quick was born in Penzance in 1895 and trained at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, later specialising in wood engravings. Locally, she created designs for the Minack Theatre programmes, working directly with Rowena Cade (founder of the Minack). She also illustrated numerous books including her own — Marsh and Shore, about bird-watching on the Cornish coast, which became a bestseller.

She lived in Penzance until the death of her parents in 1951, after which she moved to St Agnes in the Isles of Scilly, remaining there for the rest of her life and continuing to produce work until her death at the age of 83 in 1978.

During her long career Quick produced numerous studies of the local community in Penzance and Newlyn, including these rather wry and playful sketches. They were made during the second world war and give an insight into the everyday lives of people in Penzance during that time – from the desperate and dutiful queues at the local fishmongers and chaos at the food office in St John’s Hall, to Penzance’s exasperated ‘chief billing officer’ pulling at his hair.

VE day commemorates the beginning of peace in Europe, a peace that must have been felt in a thousand little ways across the country, from our own land’s end to the highlands. It celebrates the peace that started the long and complicated process of healing for many countries. Hilda Quick’s drawings capture a time that is past but VE day reminds us that the value of peace, and working together, is ever-present.



February 2020


From the Chair

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great Christmas and are now fully recovered to face 2020! 

2019 was, as usual, a busy year for the Morrab, with a huge variety of talks, film shows, children’s storytelling and art and craft courses. Almost all of these were fully booked, and all raised funds for the library through your generous donations. So a big thank you for your support. I’m happy to say that the talks’ programme for 2020 is looking equally busy. The Library also attracted many new members in 2019, with membership standing at 715 at the close of the year. 

Looking ahead, plans are afoot for the refurbishment of the basement. This would see the creation of a proper working space for the book conservation team, a private workspace for the Library staff, a new space for visiting researchers, as well as improving our storage capacity. The Trustees have been meeting with various advisors ahead of making a substantial bid to the National Heritage Lottery Fund. This bid is also likely to contain a budget for environmental improvements to the building, principally solar panels on the roof and, potentially, a ground source heating system to replace our ancient night storage heaters. Inevitably, the process is likely to be lengthy, but it’s an extremely important development for the library going forward.  The Digitisation of the Library’s book catalogue will also get underway this year. As with so many Library projects the Library’s volunteers will provide enormous support for this; the Trustees thanks go out to them for all the work they do for the Library. 

You will have recently received an email from us about joining our new Library Benefactors Scheme. We hope you might consider this an important way of supporting our wonderful library. Contact Library staff if you would like more information.

All the very best. 

Peter Chapman – Chair


News from the Photo Archive 

We recently had a recruiting drive for volunteers and had a fantastic response. With our new volunteers we are now able to redouble our efforts to scan all of the prints, negatives and glass plates in our collection. The work in the archive, however, is not only to scan and save the images and make them available but also to identify and date them. With our new volunteer intake we have gained more local knowledge which helps greatly in this process. 


You could help as well! Simply browse our photos on the Morrab Library website and see what information we have about the images and we would be glad to hear from you if you can add anything. You can then contact me at photoarchive@morrablibrary.org.uk telling me the title and number of the photo and giving your information. At the same time you will have endless fun looking at the images of Penwith and places further afield. 


David Puddifoot – Photo Archive Manager



A gentle reminder that your annual membership subscriptions are now due. There are more methods to pay this year – via card, cash or cheque, and also using our Direct Debit facility. Please contact the library for more information. Our thanks to everyone who has already renewed this year.


We have also introduced student membership at a reduced rate of £20 per year. This is an individual membership (not household), and will be available to any who present their current student card at the desk.


Annual General Meeting

Morrab Library’s AGM will be held from 2.00pm on Monday 2nd March at the Lugger Inn (Marine Terrace, PZ). Papers relating to the meeting are attached to this newsletter. All members are very welcome to attend – please note however that on voting matters, only one vote per household is permitted. We very much look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there.



We have already hosted our first talk of the year, and look forward to many more throughout the year. The schedule remains a work in progress, but at the end of this email you’ll find a list of those which have been confirmed at the time of writing. We can still only take bookings once each event is advertised, usually around a month before the event, so please keep an eye out on email, and in the library, as bookings open.


You will notice that the Trustees have made the decision to reduce the number of Fairs we host this year. The Spring Fair will merge with the Summer Fete, and we won’t be hosting a Book Fair this year. There are a number of reasons for this, the main one being the huge amount of work required to prepare for and host the events. We will do our utmost to ensure that the Summer and Christmas Craft Fairs are brilliant, and look forward to welcoming you to both.


We’re delighted to announce that local artist Karen Lorenz will join us for two weeks from the 6th – 21st June as our artist-in-residence during the new Penzance Art Festival PZ20. More details will follow soon.


Gift Aid on Donations

The library welcomes donations of books to either add to its collections, or to sell in order to raise valuable funds. We are now able to claim Gift Aid on donated books which means we get an extra 25p for every £1 sold. If you are looking to donate books to us, and you are eligible to pay Gift Aid (i.e. you are a UK taxpayer) do let us know. It’s a simple way of raising money for our library and sharing the joy of books!


National Archives

Our wonderful team of volunteers have been busy over the last few months  creating archive records to be added to the National Archives DISCOVERY catalogue. So far, the collections relating to JT Blight, Sir Humphry Davy and his brother John Davy, Caldwell Harpur, Thomas Dawson, and our records on the subject of Railways and Gardens have been added, with more to follow soon. It is all searchable via this link: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/


Member email addresses

There are over 100 members who we don’t have email addresses for, and therefore our budget only allows us to contact you just twice a year through a postal mailout. If you now have an email address and would like to be contacted in this way, please let us know and we can add you to our email list, where you’ll be kept up to date regularly on talks, events and classes as they happen here. For members already receiving our emails, please don’t forget to update us if your details change.


Other cataloguing news 

We are delighted to say that the library has now purchased the KOHA library management system system, which will allow us to begin the process of creating a digital catalogue of our book collections. We are in the midst of sorting out the technicalities involved in getting it up and running. We’ll be recruiting volunteers soon to start adding our book titles to the system, in what will be the beginning of a very long but worthwhile process in helping our members, and the rest of the world, get a better idea of the brilliant collections held within our library.


Book title suggestions

Don’t forget that all members are welcome to suggest titles which are not held in the library, for consideration by the Book Selection Committee. The team meet four times per year to decide which books to purchase for the collections, and your ideas and suggestions are invaluable to us.


Social Media

For those who don’t follow us already, a reminder that news about the library can also be found on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. 


Public Access Defibrillator  – a message from Martin Crosfill, Library Member

“A reminder that the Library, alongside the Friends of the Gardens and Pengarth

Day Centre are supporting an appeal for the provision of a public access

defibrillator in the Morrab Gardens.The Gardens are used by people of all ages and it is

hardly necessary these days to point out the value. £2000 is the target, of which we already have over £600. This covers the cost of the apparatus, installation and training. Cash or cheques can be given in at the Library. Cheques should be made out to `Hypatia Trust defibrillator account’. Please support us – it might be you!” 


Lisa Di Tommaso



Upcoming events at the Morrab Library 


Please don’t try and book until the event has been advertised by the Library (approximately one month before the event date).




Friday 21st February 10.30am – tickets still available

Children’s event: Super Storytime with Jak Stringer





Wednesday 4th March 2.00pm – limited tickets still available

A talk, live performance and Q&A by Tunde Jegede on the life and times of 19th century composer and violinist, Joseph Antonio Emidy


Saturday 14th March – 11.00am  – 3.00pm – FULLY BOOKED

Study Day: Ways Into Writing with Anna Murphy


Thursday 19th March 11.00am – 1.00pm

Drop in and chat with five NHS medical students as they present individual displays on a range of topics on medical history, including Sir Humphry Davy’s contribution to the development of anaesthesia, the artist Bryan Pearce’s medical condition and how it affected his art, health beliefs during the time of the plague, Leonardo Da Vinci and his studies of anatomy, and the Theory of the Four Humours.




Saturday 4th April 10.15am – 1.15pm

Study morning: Art and Music in the Tudor Century with Mark Cottle


Wednesday 8th April 2.00pm

Talk: Meet the  occupants of the Elizabeth Treffry Room

Speaker: Maggi Livingstone




Wednesday 13th May 2.00pm

Talk: Dylan Thomas

Speaker: Jak Stringer and Linda Camidge


Friday 29th May 10.30am

Children’s event: Super Storytime with Jak Stringer



Wednesday 10th June 2.00pm

Talk: Being an Artist-in-Residence at Morrab Library

Speaker: Karen Lorenz


Saturday 13th June 11.00am

Talk: The Jews in Cornwall: evacuation from the East End

Speaker: Susan Soyinka


Saturday 20th June 10.00am – 2.00pm

Morrab Library Summer Fete




Wednesday 15th July 2.00pm

Talk: Naval History

Speaker: Professor Andrew Lambert




Wednesday 7th October 2.00pm

Talk: The Building of Buckfast Abbey

Speaker: Mark Cottle




Saturday 21st November 10.00am – 2.00pm

Morrab Library Christmas Fair


Saturday 28th November 1.30-3.30

Morrab Library Volunteer Thankyou Afternoon Tea




Saturday 19th December 1.00pm-4.00pm

Morrab Library Christmas Party

Autumn 2019


2019 is flying by and the library continues to flourish. We have hosted some great talks and workshops, including some wonderful children’s events, and enjoyed hosting our Spring and Summer Fairs. We bid a sad farewell to our Assistant Librarian, Katie Lennon in April, and welcomed Sue Garwood in her place, who has settled in wonderfully. The Library has also upgraded the wifi and introduced other processes to help make the running of the library more efficient. Check the end of this newsletter for a list of remaining events this year, and in particular, don’t forget the Library’s annual Book Fair on 21st September.


From the Chair

Penzance’s new Mayor, Nicole Broadhurst, visited the Library on August 15th, accompanied by Hester Hunt, Town Clerk, and Paula Smith, the Council’s Support Services Manager/Responsible Financial Officer. The visited was instigated by Trustee Tina Clark (who also made the delicious scones we ate at the end of the visit!). Lisa and I showed the councilors around the Library’s rooms where they were very impressed with both the range and age of the books on our shelves. They also met Sandie, Pamela and Hilary from the book restoration and repairing team, hard at work in the basement, before visiting the Photo Archive where Glyn and David explained the archive’s work and shared some of its images. The tour ended in the reading room where Lisa had arranged an impressive display of items from the Library’s Archives. The Mayor’s visit was an opportunity to bring the Town Council up to date on where the Library currently stands, and it’s plans going forward, including digitization and alignment with the National Archives. 


As you know only too well we’ve been plagued with roof leaks over the past few years. These have all been patched up, but on a temporary basis. This is clearly not a satisfactory solution and we are now going ahead with permanent repairs to the roof. We are very grateful to the Tanner Trust who are helping us with the cost of these repairs, which we hope will be completed before the end of the year. 

Peter Chapman – Chair


News from the Photo Archive 

The Photo Archive has created a calendar using some of the historic photos from the Archive, ‘MORRAB LIBRARY 2020’. As we go to press it is in the hands of the printers and will be on sale in the library very soon! A perfect Christmas present for all your friends and relations at home and abroad. 


We have a great team of volunteers in the Photo Archive. We are a friendly bunch with a range of skills that we have learned ‘on the job’. Would you like to join us? At present we need more people to scan prints and negatives and save them on the database. We will show you how to do everything, so as long as you aren’t computer-phobic you will be able to contribute. Training sessions will be on Thursday mornings but after that you can choose a time to suit you to continue the good work. Come and talk to us any Thursday morning or email: photoarchive@morrablibrary.org.uk or dave.puddifoot.trustee@gmail.com 

David Puddifoot – Photo Archive Manager


A new way of paying…..

Some members may have noticed we have very recently installed a new electronic till system at the reception desk. This means we can now accept payments by card, alongside cash and cheque – an exciting development for the library.This will help to streamline the way we work and help us manage those precious pennies we receive from members and visitors.


National Archives

We are excited to announce that work has now commenced on the project to digitise our Archives catalogue. A small team of volunteers are now transcribing the paper records of our holdings, which allows us to upload our records on to the National Archives catalogue. The DISCOVERY catalogue is available via the web and searchable by anybody throughout the world. It means that Penwith’s history and culture is, deservedly, being shared with an audience beyond the region. The first 92 records created by one of our volunteers are those of the archaeologist J.T. Blight – you can view them on the catalogue via this link: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_q=morrab+library+blight


Other cataloguing news 

By the end of this year, the library will have acquired a new library management system called KOHA. This will allow us to start the very long process of cataloguing all of the books in the library into a searchable online catalogue. The index cards we presently use are not going anywhere for a long time, but the ultimate aim is to create a system where all of the books we hold can be searched for by author, title, dewey number and subject, so we all have a far better idea about the treasures on the Morrab’s shelves (including those high ones!). We’ll keep you updated on progress. 


Book suggestions

Don’t forget, if you would like the library to consider purchasing any new titles, we have a Book Suggestion list where you can add your thoughts. You’ll find this at the library front desk. Our Book Selection Committee meets three times per year where all suggestions are considered. 



A big thank you as always to our amazing team of volunteers who keep the doors to the library open, and for embracing the continual change which is unfolding here. We have welcomed some new faces in the last few months, as well as said goodbye to old friends. Please know that current or past, we are so grateful to all who volunteer in the library in any capacity. A thank you tea for our volunteers will be held on Saturday 23rd November – save the date!


Penwith Local History Group

The Penwith Local History Group (PLHG) has enjoyed a strong relationship with Morrab Library for many years. The group undertake important and fascinating research into West Cornwall and are based here at the library, meeting regularly and making use of our collections. Their latest book, Growing up in West Cornwall, brings to life the experience of childhood in West Cornwall, from as far back as the seventeenth century, taking us up to the 1960’s. Copies of the volume are available to purchase for £10 directly from the PLHG at: https://bit.ly/2ZrnhSt , or at the library front desk.


Public Access Defibrillator  – a message from Martin Crosfill, Library Member

Owing to the exigencies of the Data Protection Act, this appeal has been delayed until it can

be incorporated in this newsletter. The Library, the Friends of the Gardens and Pengarth

Day Centre have agreed to support an appeal for the provision of a public access

defibrillator in the Morrab Gardens.The Gardens are used by people of all ages and it is

hardly necessary these days to point out the value. £2000 is the target, of which we already have over £500. This covers the cost of the apparatus, installation and training. Cash or cheques can be given in at the Library. Cheques should be made out to `Hypatia Trust defibrillator account’. Please support us – it might be you! 


Committee News


Comings and goings

We have welcomed a number of new Trustees to the Library Committee this year. Following is a complete list of current Trustees:


Chair: Peter Chapman Vice-Chair: Jak Stringer

Honorary Secretary: Stephen Clark Honorary Treasurer: Julian Little

Honorary Librarian: Ashley Axten Hon. Health & Safety Officer: Tim Kendall-Carpenter


George Care

Tina Clark

Sue Nebesnuick

David Puddifoot

Susan Soyinka

Harry Spry-Leverton


Custodial Trustees: Mary Ellery; David Mann; Jenni Pozzi


Tom Arkell 17 April 2019

We were sad to hear of the passing of Tom Arkell in April. Tom was Chairman of Morrab Library from 1996 to 1999, and helped introduce a number of changes to the library, including its change of name from Penzance Library to Morrab Library.


Annual General Meeting

The date is set for next year’s Annual General Meeting – it will be held on Monday 4th March 2020, venue to be confirmed. We will pass on more information about this meeting in the coming months.


Lisa Di Tommaso


September 2019


Upcoming events at the Morrab Library 


Please don’t try and book until the event has been advertised by the Library.




Saturday 21st September 10.30am – 2.00pm

Event: Morrab Library Annual Book Fair


Tuesday 24th September 2.00pm

Talk: Victoria Osborne-Broad

Guardian of the Stones Book Launch (PLACES STILL AVAILABLE)




Wednesday 9th October 2.00pm

Talk: Martin Crosfill

The Tragic Tale of J.T. Blight


Saturday 12th October 11.00am

Talk: Sue Astles

Harry Ousey


Saturday 19th October 

Study Day: Mark Cottle  – “When England Had Hardly Begun” (FULLY BOOKED)


Saturday 26th October

Talk: Friends of Morrab Gardens – the Red Squirrel Project




Wednesday 6th November

Talk: Sharon Wright

Balloonomania Belles: Daredevil Divas Who First Took to the Sky


Saturday 9th November

Book launch: Melissa Hardie  – Bronte Territories: Cornwall and the Unexplored Maternal Legacy, 1760-1870


Tuesday 12th November 1-4pm

Film Screening:Severn and Somme  – The Life of Ivor Gurney


Wednesday 13 November 2.00pm

Talk: Cornish Records Office

An overview of Kresen Kernow and the Archives and Cornish Studies Service


Saturday 16th November 10.30 – 2.00pm

Event: Morrab Library Christmas Craft Fair




Saturday 7th December 11.00am

Talk: Mark Cottle

Shackleton (reprised)


Wednesday 11th December 2.00pm

Talk: Suzy Williams

Once Upon A Christmas – a talk on all things Christmas: legend, how other countries celebrate, and the origins of the day.


Saturday 14th December 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Event: Morrab Library Christmas Party 


January 2019


A happy new year

The Library team would like to wish all our members a very happy and healthy 2019, and thank you for your continuing support and friendship. After the great success of our very busy Bicentenary year, things may feel a little quieter this year, but we promise there will still be lots of talks, events and classes to enjoy. A list of confirmed events for 2019 is at the end of this newsletter, and more will follow. We won’t be taking bookings for each of the talks until the event is advertised closer to their scheduled time.

A message from the Chair

A Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you had a great Christmas, wherever or however you spent it.

As we move into a New Year it’s worth reflecting, briefly, on our bicentennial which has just ended. It was a successful year, full of events both in the library and elsewhere that ranged from lectures, concerts and storytelling in schools, to the Pop Up Shop and a film screening. These all helped to significantly raise the profile of the library, with the result that we ended 2018 with our membership just over 650. I’d like to thank the staff for all their efforts in this. They managed the weekly (sometimes daily) roster of fully booked events with calm assurance, whilst ensuring the day to day running of the library proceeded as normal.

January is membership renewal month (sorry to raise this matter!) and I’m happy to say that renewals and new memberships are currently running at a higher rate than this time last year.

Going forward in 2019 we’ll continue to develop the library’s services. The first of these will be a new Audio Visual system in the reading room, and an upgrade to the library’s Wi-Fi system. Both of these projects have been funded by The Myner Trust, and we thank them for their generous support. In terms of governance, we have a fully working committee, bar one significant omission – a Health and Safety Officer. So, if any of you have experience in this field and would be prepared to put yourself forward for this role, we’d love to hear from you. Less formally the Management Committee is also seeking to establish sub-committees/working groups in the fields of Human Resources and Fundraising so again, if these are your skills and you’re happy to give your time, please let us know. That’s the end of the appeals.  See you at the AGM on March 4th

Peter Chapman – Chair.  

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General meeting will be held on Monday 4th March from 2.00pm at the Lugger Inn, 3 Marine Terrace, The Promenade, Penzance, TR18 4DL. Proposals for amendments to the  constitution are posted on the notice board in the library providing full details. All members are very welcome to attend – please note however that on voting matters, only one vote per household is permitted.


Thanks to all who have already renewed your annual membership to the Library. For those who haven’t, attached you will find a membership renewal form – could we ask you to complete the form and return it to us with payment, either in person or by post? If you can’t print the form at home, please don’t worry, we can supply a copy when you are next in. If you’d like to pay by Standing Order, a mandate form is attached as well, or is available from library staff. The cost for Household membership remains at £30, and at the moment we can still only accept cash or cheque payments.

200 Centenary Book

At the recent Christmas Party, Steph Haxton and Sue Lewington handed over the ‘200’ year book to the library – celebrating the milestone of the Library’s 200th anniversary. Titled ‘The Uncommon Place’, it is a collection of poems, prose, art and photographs contributed by you, the members over the last twelve months. It is a true labour of love by Sue and Steph, and a stunning and poignant piece of art in its own right. All members are welcome to come and browse its pages. We won’t be leaving it on the open shelves as it is very precious, but we will be very happy to retrieve it for you to enjoy here at the library on request. There is also currently a display in the cabinet at reception which takes a look at the making of the book.

New year, new look website

For those of you with access to the internet, you may have noticed that the Morrab Library website has had a makeover. We have updated the look of the website with plenty of beautiful new images, and hopefully an easier way to navigate your way around the pages to find the information you need. In the coming months, we will refresh and update some of the information on the site, as well as add some new content, including more contributions from you, our members. We’ll keep you posted and be in touch about this – stay tuned!

Digitising the catalogue

The Library Committee has agreed to proceed with initiating the project to digitise our library card index of the book collections in 2019. We are all immensely fond of the card catalogue, but I’m sure many of you will agree that it is sometimes difficult to find books we hold when using it. We aim to get all of our book holdings online so they will be searchable by author, title and subject, allowing you to find books far more easily, and for library staff to manage the collections in a better way. The process will be slow, and take a number of years, so there will be no immediate changes to our current practice, but we all believe it’s an important and exciting way forward for the Morrab to help ensure its longevity, and perhaps one of the most significant steps in its history. We’ll be calling for volunteers to help with the project once we are up and running.

National Archives Scoping Grant

As reported in the last newsletter, we received a grant from the National Archives to engage a qualified archivist to visit and review our historic and important archival collections. We enjoyed a visit in November from Heather Roberts who as well as consulting, also works part-time at the Royal Northern College of Music, who was impressed by not only the collections we hold in the Archive, but by the brilliant indexing work undertaken by the late and greatly missed John Simmonds. Heather provided a range of useful advice to us as to how to move forward with managing our archival collections, with a particular view to making them available on the National Archives ‘Discovery’ catalogue. Exciting prospects ahead, and we shall keep you posted on developments.

A sad loss

It is with great sadness that we tell you that our much loved volunteer Millie Howells passed away on the 18th December. Millie had been a dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer since 1989, both in the library in general, and the photo archive, where she embraced change and new technology with relish. She will be sadly missed. Our thoughts go out to her family. An afternoon tea to remember Millie will be held at the library on Thursday 7th February from 2.00pm – all are welcome.


Lisa Di Tommaso


January 2019



Upcoming events at the Morrab Library

These are the events already planned – more will follow in due course. Please don’t try and book until the event has been advertised.


Saturday 2nd March 10.30-12.30

Workshop: Ukuleles in the Library – another chance to take the opportunity to learn or hone your Ukulele skills!

Wednesday March 13th 2.00pm – SOLD OUT

Talk: Jak Stringer

Wilkie Collins Rambles in Cornwall 1850

Saturday 30th March 11.00amSOLD OUT

Talk: Mark Cottle

A talk on the Shackleton Expedition  


Wednesday 10th April 2.00pm

Talk: Timothy Neat

Causley and Clemo – Two Poets Remembered


Saturday 4th May 2.00pm

Event: Morrab Library Spring Fair

Wednesday 8th May 2.00pm

Talk: Stephen Glendenning

Artists who work with books


Wednesday  12th June 2.00pm

Talk: Charlotte MacKenzie

Charlotte discusses her new book, Merchants and smugglers in eighteenth century Cornwall

Saturday 22nd June 10.30am – 3.00pm

Event: Morrab Library Summer Fair


Wednesday 10th July 2.00pm

Talk: Ruth Downie

Stories in Stones: murder mysteries set in Roman Britain


Wednesday 14th August 2.00pm

Talk: Melissa Thorpe

Spaceport Cornwall


Wednesday 11th September 2.00pm

Talk: Mike Griffiths

Listening to the Enemy: the St Erth Radio Station

Saturday 21st September 10.30am – 3.00pm

Event: Morrab Library Annual Book Fair


Wednesday 9th October 2.00pm

Talk: Martin Crosfill

The Stalker – J T Blight


Wednesday 13 November 2.00pm

Talk: Cornish Records Office

An overview of Kresen Kernow and the Archives and Cornish Studies Service

Saturday 16th November 10.30 – 3.00pm

Event: Morrab Library Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday 23rd November 1.30pm  – 3.30pm

Event: Library Volunteer Thank You Afternoon Tea


Wednesday 11th December 2.00pm

Talk: Suzy Williams

Once Upon A Christmas – a talk on all things Christmas: legend, how other countries celebrate, and the origins of the day.

Saturday 14th December 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Event: Library Christmas Party

Library closure from Friday 20th March, 4.00pm

A message from our Librarian to the membership – 

To all our Members,

I am incredibly sad to have to tell you that, based on advice from government authorities overnight, the library will close at 4.00pm on Friday 20th March until further notice.

This is not a decision taken lightly. We all know that Morrab Library is more than just a building in which to work or borrow a book. It is also an important space for our members to meet and spend time with friends and colleagues, be it through a coffee together in the members’ kitchen, or a class or workshop. I am keenly aware that removing this option from so many of your lives, at such an uncertain time anyway, will leave a significant gap.

But it is impossible to ignore the level of risk that remaining open poses to our members, volunteers and staff, and it is a risk the library feels it cannot take.

At this stage, it is not possible to say when we will be able to re-open. As you will be aware, this is an unprecedented time, with circumstances changing daily, and we will be guided by official advice as to when it is considered safe to open our doors again.

In the meantime, staff will be working from home, and be contactable via email and social media. Unfortunately, we cannot forward the library phone number to another number, but we will check for voicemail messages once a week. So please stay in touch, and if we are able to help in any way, we would be delighted to do so.

If you have any library books out on loan, please don’t worry about returning them. As you know, we do not impose fines for overdue books, and rather than try to return them to the library when we’re not here (they won’t fit in our letterbox!), we would rather you held on to them and kept them safe until we are open again.

One last thing – obviously all classes and talks will not be able to take place for some time. For those of you who have booked events with us, we’ll keep your names and let you know when we are able to reschedule. Please note that this week’s Medical Students Display event will not be going ahead. Sadly, the Penzance Orchestral Society concert on Saturday has also been cancelled.

We will miss you, and hope to see you again very soon. Please stay safe and take care.

Lisa and the library team