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St Austell Library

St Austell Library is managed by St Austell Town Council, supported by Cornwall Council.

St Austell Town Council is delighted to announce that St Austell Library will partially re-open on Monday 6 July 2020 as a “click and collect” service. 

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This will allow customers to make reservations online and pick up their books from the library at a convenient time. Books can also be dropped off at the same time.   

In order to ensure that the library is Covid19 safe for the public and staff, this service will operate out of the foyer only.  The area will be cleaned regularly with clear instructions on how to pick up and drop off the books.  There will be plenty of signage both inside and outside of the library to help keep everybody safe. 

The anticipated times to pick up and drop off books, Monday to Friday are: 

  • 9.30am to 11.30am (Surname A-L)
  • 2.30pm to 4.30pm (Surname M-Z) 

(Flexibility around these hours can be arranged by separate negotiation). 

Please note: All fees and charges will be waived during July to assist customers with this new service.

Unfortunately, there will be no access to the public spaces inside the library or the computers at the present time.  This will be reviewed at the end of August; at which time we hope to be able to safely allow the public into the building. 

Please check St Austell Town Council website for up to date opening hours.

Monday 9.30am-11.30am, 2.30pm- 4.30pm 
Tuesday 9.30am-11.30am, 2.30pm- 4.30pm 
Wednesday 9.30am-11.30am, 2.30pm- 4.30pm 
Thursday 9.30am-11.30am, 2.30pm- 4.30pm 
Friday 9.30am-11.30am, 2.30pm- 4.30pm 
Saturday Closed


  • On-road parking bay at the front of the library and two disabled spaces in the staff car park at the side of the library. There is also a Pay and Display car park at Polkyth, a couple of hundred yards away.
  • Disabled access is at the front and side of the building
  • Accessible toilet
  • 10 Computers with internet access
  • Browse our Performing Arts collection for music, theatre, dance, film and drama
  • Fax machine available for public use.
  • Free WiFi available
  • National and local newspapers
  • The Library subscribes to 'Which' magazine
  • Microfilm/microfiche reader 
  • Scanning, printing and photocopying
  • Self Service (staff available to help if required)
  • National Concessionary bus pass applications are quick and easy to apply for online.  If you do not have access to the internet they can be processed Monday to Friday during normal opening hours.
  • Recycling bags and boxes - This library does not hold stocks but we can order on your behalf or you can order direct using our request recycling equipment / recycling containment online form.
  • Council Payments - Payments for Council services such as Council Tax or Business Rates cannot be taken at this location, however there are a range of PayPoint and Post Office sites that accept both cash and card payments, with most Post Offices still accepting cheques at no extra cost.  Your account will be updated overnight and many PayPoint stores have longer opening hours, often including weekends, offering greater flexibility and choice. Head over to my area to see which facilities are available to you more locally.

    Should you prefer to pay online, please use the links below:

  • Computer classes for beginners
  • Computer Basics – Free help with most computer applications, job searching, emails, social media – Tuesdays 2:30-4:40pm and Thursdays 2:00-4:00pm.  Booking essential with the library to secure a place.
  • Adult Lego Club – drop-in every first and third Thursday of the month – 2:00-4:00pm. No need to book, come along and tap into your inner Master Builder and experience an hour or two of calm mindfulness.
  • AgeUK Macmillan Cancer Support drop-in sessions –
    first Wednesday of every month – 2:30-4:30pm. Information on local services and support.
  • Readers’ groups - We have a number of library based reading groups. If you are interested in joining, please contact the library direct. We will add your name to our waiting list and  offer you the next available place. We have other readers' groups that can be found throughout Cornwall.
  • Family History Research – First and second Thursday in the month 11am to 3pm. Booking essential, please contact the library for further information
  • Knit and Stitch Group – First and third Wednesday of every month – 10am to 1pm. No need to book in advance just turn up. All abilities and stitchers very welcome!
  • Ukulele tuition for beginners. Booking essential, please contact the library for further information.
  • O2 Guru – professional assistance each month with Apps, Smartphone, Tablet or Ipad – please contact the library to find out the next available date. Booking essential.
  • Action On Hearing Loss drop-in, no appointment necessary, every third Monday in the month – 10am until 1pm
  • Royal British Legion Outreach Sessions drop-in. Information, advice and guidance for serving members of the Armed Forces, Reservists, veterans and their families. First Wednesday in the month – 1:30pm until 3:30pm.
  • Special events - we have a wide range of events taking place in libraries including author talks, drop-in events and much more. Find out if there are any special events taking place in a library near you.
  • Sing and Shake – Mondays (term time only) for children aged 0-3 years – 2pm until 2:30pm
  • Bookstart Rhymetime – every Wednesday for children aged 0-3 years - 9.30am until 10am
  • Lego Club – every Wednesday afternoon for ages 4-12yrs – 3:45pm to 4:45pm. Booking essential. Please contact the library for further information