St Ives Library and Information Service

St Ives Library and Information Service

Library & Information Service Re-opening

Updated 3 July 2020

Good news, St Ives Library will be welcoming back our customers and visitors on Monday 6th July. Our opening hours will be Monday to Saturday 9.30-4.00

Sadly, due to the Coronavirus, we will not be operating the service you are familiar with. The safety of the public and staff is our main priority. Below are the details of how we will be working during this first phase of opening. Social distancing will be a requirement. Hand sanitiser will be available on entry and exit.

Book Stock and ordering

In the first phase of re-opening you will not be able to access the books on the shelves to browse the stock. Please order your books either through Cornwall Council’s online reservation page; telephone St Ives Library on 01736 796297, email  or post your request through the door or speak to a member of staff. We are happy to choose a selection of books for you, please tell us the books you enjoy in both fiction and non-fiction.

We will contact you when your requests are ready for collection. It would be appreciated, if at that time, you can give us an indication of when you will be in to collect them. This will allow us to control the numbers of people in the library and reduce the number queuing to enter. Your reservations will be issued and ready for you to take away.

We will have a one-way system, please enter at the main entrance using the automatic doors and leave through the doors just past the self-service kiosks.

Returning Books

If you would like to return your books before our re-opening please post them through the door. If you have a lot of books, please contact us and we will arrange a time for you to return them.

Once we are open, please post your returned books in the grey bin next to the self-service kiosks. They will be quarantined for 72 hours before being discharged and returned to the shelves.

If you are uncomfortable coming into Town and using public transport, we will be offering a temporary delivery service. Please contact us and we will make the arrangements. If you are, or know somebody, who is housebound and would like library books please let us know and we will arrange for an RVS volunteer to deliver books on a regular basis.

The downstairs computer will be available, please contact us, as above, to book a session, which in the first instance will be for half an hour only. If you require longer for completing forms etc. Please speak to a member of staff.

Cornwall Council payments

We will not be taking any payments on behalf of Cornwall Council. Please pay at the Post Office. Please ask us if you have any queries.

Visitor Information

There will be a separate area in the foyer for visitor information only. This will be clearly signed.

The library staff and Friends of St Ives Library (FOSIL) are offering a wonderful and interesting read in a monthly newsletter Library Events and Newsletters

Regular Library and Information Services Opening Hours (See above for current opening hours and services updated 3 July 2020)
Monday 9.30am to 5.00pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 5.00pm
Wednesday 9.30am to 5.00pm
Thursday 9.30am to 5.00pm
Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm
Saturday 9.30am to 5.00pm
Sunday 10.00am to 3.00pm (late April to late September only)

St Ives Library
Gabriel Street
St Ives, Cornwall
TR26 2LX

PH 01736 798577 and 01736 796297

Services available:

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
Meeting rooms for hire
Recycling bags and boxes (orders)
Adult education classes and groups
‘Reading Challenge’ and other children’s events
Left Luggage

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