Library & Information Services
We look forward to welcoming you into our bright and beautiful building!
There’s lots to be discovered inside… Apart from a wealth of books and media resources, we celebrate local arts and culture in St Ives with an extensive art collection. We host, classes, events and clubs which are beginning to open up once again. A detailed events calendar is coming soon….
Borrowing books and other media
There are lots of ways to borrow books and other material from the library:
Come and say hello….
We have re-opened all our shelves for browsing and our friendly team are on-hand to help you explore. You can also search from a huge range of Cornwall wide stock from the library service and their ever growing catalogue of e-books, e-audio books, newspapers, magazines and their ever growing digital resources from their on-line catalogueand Medici TV all free ! Not a library member yet? No problem ! We can sign you up in a couple of minutes by clicking here.
Checking out is fast and easy with our self-service kiosks.
We still offer click and collect and are happy to choose a selection of books for you. Tell us all about the kind of books you love, and we’ll do the rest. We will let you know when your books are ready for collection. You can order your books by:
- Cornwall’s on line reservation page
- Calling to speak to one of our Library team on 01736 796297
- You can even post your request through our letter box !
Free Wifi, Computers, Printing and Photocopying
The library has plenty of cosy nooks and window seats over two floors, where you can come in and enjoy our free Wifi. If you don’t have your own device, you can also use one of our 13 computers in the computer suite or taking advantage of our printing services. Our computers are popular so, we recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. Call us on 01736 796297 or reserve one here
Activities, Events and Book Groups
Rhyme Time – every Wednesday at 10.45am
Our sessions welcome pre-school children and their carers for music, singing and stories galore. Summer sessions are outside in our own pocket park, Trewyn Gardens
Events and Classes
We are welcoming back events, talks and classes to our busy community room. Pilates and yoga classes take place weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays.
We are also re-building our schedule of other events and talks although with our fabulous friends group FOSIL (Friends of St Ives Library).
Do get in touch to let us know what you’re interested in and you’d like to see happening in the Library and follow us on social media to keep up to date with our events programme and our newsletter as it’s updated.
The Community Room is also available for hire by the hour. It is also a small exhibition space for local artists. Find our more here
We support book groups ! Try our Dead choughed or Coffee and Crime who meet in person or via ZOOM. Or why not set up your own new group and our team can help you with the admin and order the books for you to collect.
Looking for Advice ? Need Help Getting on Line ?
We are a citizen’s advice digital hub. You need to book appointments in advance by contacting Citizens Advice or text ADVICE to 78866 and they will get in touch with you within 48 hours. Or our team can help you make an appointment.
IT Help and Advice
We have a digital champion here in the library on Wednesday afternoons from 1.00-4.00pm. If you need help using your device or getting on line, they are here to help ! Please call us to book on 01736 796297. You will need to wear a mask for these 121 sessions.
- Library book loans
- Local maps and Information
- Concert ticket bookings
- National Express ticket bookings
- Cornwall Council payments (council tax, business rates, etc)
- Citizens Advice Cornwall – 3rd Thursday of the month 9.30am-5pm
- 16 computers with internet access, Free WiFi Scanning, printing and photocopying
- Medici TV – online resource for Ballet, Classical Music and Opera Link to Medici TV
- Meeting rooms for hire
- Recycling bags and boxes (orders)
- Adult education classes and groups
- ‘Reading Challenge’ and other children’s events
- Left Luggage £3 per item
The foundation stone of the two-storey St Ives Public Library was laid in April 1896 by John Passmore Edwards, the Cornish philanthropist, and benefactor. He provided £2,000 for the building, which replaced five cottages at the corner of The High Street and Gabriel Street. Passmore Edwards’ object was to improve the education of the working-class people of St Ives. He also provided £100 for the original book stock.
The building was handed over to the Corporation of St Ives on 1st January 1897, and shortly after opened to the public as a lending library. Nearly 2,000 people borrowed books in its first year. In addition, the Library was used to help a large number of people to be trained to read. From as early as 1899, some rooms were used as Council Offices.
Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 4pm
Visitor Information shop
St Ives Library
St Ives, Cornwall
PH 01736 798577 and 01736 796297
Contact the Library
If you have any questions about the Library or would like to book a computer please click below, fill out the form and we will be in touch.
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Our Library spaces are available to rent. Please fill out a Room Hire form, or if you would like some other information from the Library please fill out the Contact the Library form.