St Ives Library and Information Service

St Ives Library and Information Service

UPDATE 2 DECEMBER 2020: 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 the current restrictions. Social distancing will be a requirement. Hand sanitiser will be available on entry and exit.

The library are offering the following services during the current restrictions:
1. Open for urgent book, dvd, music needs
2. Delivery service
3. A click and collect service
4. Computers are available for those that don’t have a personal device
5. Photocopying
6. You may still reserve books on the Cornwall Council online reservation page, telephone St Ives Library on 01736 796297, email You will be contacted when your request(s) are ready for collection. Staff will issue the items when you collect them.  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.
7. DVD weekly hire £1/ £3 for new titles – view all titles available here

We will have 4 computers for public use in the computer room and 2 workstations for WiFi. We advise you to book at or contact us. Please only book number 6 if you require the scanner or it is the only available machine. Sessions will be limited to one hour. However, if a computer is free you are welcome to book it on arrival.

If you know of anybody who is unable to get out and would like books, please let us know and we can arrange a delivery service for them.

We appreciate your support and continued patience during this time. We have come a long way and we want everybody to stay safe.

We have book groups to suit everyone based at St Ives Library. One that met in the library in the past is our Dead Choughed book group. This group now meets over Zoom. The next two books are The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and The Impressionist. If you would like to take part in a Zoom book group e-mail us on Please pass this information on to anyone you know who might enjoy discussing books over lockdown.

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 and Left Luggage

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

Visitor Information can be found on this link St Ives Tourist Information

A left luggage service is available for £3 an item and collection of luggage is at 3.45pm daily.

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

Join the library:

click here for a link to quickly and easily join the library.