St Ives Library and Information Service

St Ives Library and Information Service

The Library and Information Service is open Monday -Saturday 9.30-4.00.

We look forward to welcoming you into our bright and spacious building.

Throughout this pandemic the safety of our staff and the public is our main priority.

Below are the details of how we continue to work in-line with government guidelines. We appreciate your support and continued patience during this time. We have come a long way and we want everybody to stay safe.

  • We operate 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.
  • Track and Trace sign in either via app or request a form from the front desk on arrival.
  • Please continue to follow social distancing rules, wear a face covering, and sanitise your hands regularly. Hand sanitiser is available on entry and exit.

Book Stock, ordering Click and Collect
Come in and take a look, we have a fantastic selection.  Please be assured that we keep an eye on number of customers book browsing at any one time to ensure social distancing and our returned books are quarantined.

You can also order your books either through:

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 currently have limited computers available and recommend booking in advance to avoid any disappointment call 01736 796297 or ‘Book a Computer 

Book Groups
We have book groups to suit everyone based at St Ives Library. Currently they are meeting via zoom. 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.

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

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

Citizen’s Advice Cornwall
Will be coming back to the Library very soon until then you can contact them on freephone 0800 144 8848 or text ADVICE to 78866. Or visit their website

Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 4pm

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
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

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

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.

Local historian, Janet Axten, article on the history of St Ives’ Library