St Ives Library

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Securing the Future of St Ives Library

 It’s no coincidence that the library is physically at the heart of our town.  St Ives Library has been providing a service to local people for about 120 years.  Like the church, local pubs and many other things in the parish, it is much-loved even by the people who rarely use it.  The people who work in it are dedicated and passionate about the library service, and it’s a great building!

When asked by local people to take over the running of the library, the council was delighted to agree to take it on.

However, we’re not content simply to take over the library as it is. We want to harness the energy of the staff and the location and of this splendid Edwardian building to make what happens in it even more relevant to the life of St Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant and Halsetown.

Our aim:

  • more and better services

  • available when people want and need them

  • right in the heart of the town


So, we continue to talk to Cornwall Council about the transfer of the building, the people who work in it and the services that they provide. The legal side is rather laborious and much slower than we would like, but it’s important that we  get the agreement right.

Much more interesting are the discussions that we are having with community groups about what the future services might look like. As with the library’s staff, the council wants to harness the energy and enthusiasm of local people to make sure that the library is at the heart of our community for the next 120 years.