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St Ives Library and Information Service

St Ives Library and Information Service is managed by St Ives Town Council, supported by Cornwall Council.

Cornwall’s Libraries are now able to offer book services again by welcoming you at the door but not any further just yet. Order your books online, then go to your nominated library to collect them from the lobby or entrance. You can also return items, with no fines until 30 September. Regular library activities such as story-time sessions will have to wait until we can fully reopen. They can’t go ahead until it is safe. Please keep an eye on our social posts and publicity.

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All online services continue. These include:

If you’ve been longing for a real book in your lap, come back to us from Monday 6 July, opening days and times will vary. Please see opening times below.

Those who use the Information Service for payments and council enquiries should continue to use:

  • paypoint facilities
  • online options
  • telephone options

These have been in place over the last three months. The Information Service remains closed. The click and collect service is only for library books.

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

Monday 9:30am-4.00pm
Tuesday 9:30am-4.00pm
Wednesday 9:30am-4.00pm
Thursday 9:30am-4.00pm
Friday 9:30am-4.00pm
Saturday 9:30am-4.00pm


  • The nearest car park is the Station car park and St Ives bus station at the Malakoff. No parking nearby.
  • Wheelchair accessible with a lift to the first floor
  • Accessible toilets on each floor

Payments for Council services such as Council Tax or Business Rates are taken during opening hours at this location, please have your bill to hand.

For your convenience 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.

  • 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.   
  • Council payments taken during normal opening hours.
  • Recycling bags and boxes - this One Stop Shop doesn’t hold stocks of recycling equipment / recycling containment but we can order on your behalf or you can order direct using the using our request recycling equipment / recycling containment online form.
  • Seagull proof bags available for £3.50 each. The reusable bags will hold three black sacks of rubbish.
  • Tribe Pilates - every Friday 9.30-10.30 (doors open at 9.10).  Mats provided, please wear comfortable stretchy clothing. The session is to increase muscle and bone strength, improvement in postural alignment and relieve stress. No impact as it is a mat based exercise. £6.00 per session, just come along or to book phone Karen on 07775744368.
  • Family and local history group - Help and guidance available to support your search for your ancestors with free Internet access to Find my Past.  Family History is every Friday 10.30am–12noon. Volunteers available to help.
  • Friends' groups - FOSIL (Friends of St Ives Library) organises regular library events and activities. Annual subscription £5.00
  • St Ives Poetry Workshop third Friday of each month 1.30pm-3.30pm.
  • St Ives Poetry Circle - Poetry for Pleasure meets first Friday of each month 1.30pm-3.30pm.  All welcome to attend. Bring a favourite poem to read or just come and listen.
  • Readers' groups:
    • Dead Choughed meets every third Monday of the month 11.15am-12.15pm, meets in Greta Williams Community Room.
    • Still reading circle, meet every fourth Monday 11.15am-12.15pm. 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.
    • Coffee and Crime Reading Group meet on the second Monday each month at 11.15 great for crime and thriller readers.

  • Yoga classes - Iyengar yoga 'drop-in' classes every Monday morning 9:15am-10.45am and every Wednesday 9:15am-10.45am.

    All welcome. Please bring a mat and blanket. Adults £7.00. For more information, please telephone Ann Nicol on 01736 793849.

  • Arts Award Supporter
    If you’re aged 7-25 and you’re already doing an Arts Award at school or an Arts Award centre, then we can help.  We offer:

    • Support with your arts research (forget Google and try books! We have a great collection of books about art, theatre and dance)
    • A chance to exhibit your work in our exhibition space
    • Volunteering opportunities for 14+ with Summer Reading Challenge
  • Bookstart Rhymetime - Free, for babies and toddlers every Wednesday from 10.45am-11.15am. Come and sing along with your children/grandchildren. All welcome. Find out what Bookstart and the library can offer you and your baby. 
  • Lego Club – St Ives Library Lego Club is every Monday at 3.45pm – 4.45pm. It is free and all primary school aged children are welcome.
  • 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.