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St Ives Library and One Stop Shop

Information about St Ives Library and One Stop Shop 

Opening hours

Monday 9:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 6:30pm
Wednesday closed
Thursday 9:30am - 5:00pm
Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 1:00pm


Upcoming Bank Holidays, we will be closed on:

Monday 5 May - Early May bank holidayMonday 26 May -Spring bank holiday

In the case of an emergency outside of the above opening hours please phone Kestrel: 023 8086 5658.

  • No parking nearby
  • Wheelchair accessible with a lift to the first floor
  • Accessible toilets on each floor

Stock at St Ives reflects the modern schools of art featured at the nearby Tate of the West. It includes works on photography, fashion and design, and extensive information on the St Ives artists. 

Penzance Library has a comprehensive collection of Art books and exhibition catalogues.  The collection has an equal emphasis on Cornish and World Art and includes many rare and limited edition items.  The Library subscribes to a number of Art and Craft magazines.

Arts Officer

The Arts Officer is responsible for looking after and developing the specialist Art book  collections at Penzance Library and St Ives Library.   Beyond answering the more complex enquiries, it is Arts Officer duty to develop a programme of events connected with the visual arts in Cornish Libraries.     

Work of Art of the Month  - we aim to bring you images of works of art which reflect the resources of Cornwall Libraries Art Collection

We work closely with the St. Ives Archive which holds information on every aspect of the town in newspaper articles, maps, legal documents, correspondence, catalogues and books. More information can be found at St Ives Archive.


Stained glass postcard photographed by Tobi Carver, £1.00

Brian Pearce Quilt postcard £1.00

The original quilt is displayed in the library, designed and made by the Cobblestone Quilters

  • Baby Bounce and Rhyme  Free, for babies and toddlers every Thursday from 10:30am - 11:00am. Come and sing along with your children/grandchildren. All welcome. Find out what Bookstart and the library can offer you and your baby. 
  • Beginners Computer Lessons
  • We run Beginners Computer Courses in selected Libraries, we can also help you get online download our leaflet or just ask in your local library or One Stop Shop or call free on 0800 032 2345.
  • Citizens' Advice Bureau A volunteer from CAB will be available to offer advice from 10:00am - 3:00pm every first and third Thursday of the month. No appointment is necessary as this is a drop-in session.
  • Chatterbooks Book Group for childrenon the second Tuesday of each month at 3:45pm
  • Family and local history group Help and guidance available to support your search for your ancestors with free Internet access to Ancestry.com. Very informal, everyone welcome. The group meets on Fridays, between 10:30am - 12 noon.
  • Friends' groups FOSIL (Friends of St Ives Library) organises regular library events and activities, annual subscription £5.00
  • Homework help sessions Library staff are always available to help students with their homework
  • Poetry circle Meets in the Greta Williams Meeting Room on the first Friday of the month from 1:30pm - 4:00pm. All welcome to attend. Bring a favourite poem to read or just come and listen.
  • Readers' groups
  • Coffee and CrimeMeets 2nd Tuesday of the month 11am-12noon (staff led) meets in GWCR.
  • Dead ChoughedMeets 2nd Tuesday of the month 4-5pm, meets in GWCR.
  • U3A Book GroupMeets monthly on Tuesdays 10.30-12noon in GWCR, for dates please see over page.
  • Fast Book GroupMeets on the 1st Tuesday of each month in members’ homes during the evening.
  • Towednack Book GroupMeets the 2nd Wednesday of each month in members’ own homes.
  • U3A readers' group We meet monthly 11:00am - 12:30pm. We are a lively group currently numbering 12 but happy to welcome more members. We have diverse tastes and each member gets a chance to suggest our next read , please contact the library for further details and dates.
  • We have various reading groups that can be found throughout Cornwall.
  • Storytime  Thursdays 9:45am-10:20am, storytime sessions open to all ages (during school holidays)
  • Yoga classes Iyengar yoga 'drop-in' classes Monday mornings 9:30am - 11:00am. All welcome. Please bring a mat and blanket. Adults £7.00. For more information, please telephone Ann Nicol on 01736 796248.
  • Do you enjoy reading? Are you unable to get to the local library? Contact St. Ives Library on: 0300 1234 111 and ask about our housebound delivery service.

St Ives Library job club runs every Monday between 2:00pm - 4:00pm.  We work in partnership with Job Centre Plus to help support local people find work.  We offer FREE access to computers during this session for online job related activities, as well as basic IT skills guidance to help job seekers apply for jobs online and support those looking for work.  

Council payments taken:

During normal working hours


The benefits surgery has been suspended for the time being.  Benefits advice is available on the benefits web pages, on 0300 1234 121 and at Penzance One Stop Shop.

Waste Management Containment

Seagull Proof Sacks now available at a cost of £3.50. Each sack will hold 3 refuse sacks

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St Ives Library and One Stop Shop

Gabriel Street
St Ives
TR26 2LX

0300 1234 111
Renewals Line 0845 607 6119

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