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

The Morrab Library. Photo by Glyn Richards.The Morrab Library is an independent library established in 1818, housed in a Victorian mansion in the beautiful Morrab Gardens in Penzance, Cornwall. We hold over 55,000 books on floor-to-ceiling shelves as well as archives and a rich photographic collection.

Our new extension is now complete, bringing us much-needed extra storage space as well as a new home for our photographic archive.

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

 01736 364474

enquiries@morrablibrary.org.uk / photoarchive@morrablibrary.org.uk

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Building Update # 02

We’re now in week four of serious work on our extension and things are moving quickly. The right hand side of the building is now fully sealed off on the ground and lower floor, and the former downstairs loo has disappeared completely.  At least five skips have been filled and replaced with empty ones, only to be filled again, (and that’s just what we’ve seen). The railings have been removed, the Camellia and Cannon have been uprooted and moved to new spots in the gardens, and there’s a huge hole in front of the building which was concreted on Friday. As you can tell from this ‘update’ we don’t know the ins and outs or techical details of the work, but can only tell you how we’re experienceing the build and we’re very impressed with the work and workers (especially the skilful and unbelievable lifting of a massive skip-full of granite onto the back of a lorry which we witnessed while having lunch outside on Tuesday). Glyn and Bob have been sneaking in and photographing progress, a glimpse of which can be seen below…