Cornwall's largest library of
Cornish printed and published items contains a wide range of resources
for everyone's use
Books and Pamphlets
The total bookstock exceeds 30,000 volumes relating to the history,
geography, customs, industries, language and other aspects of Cornish
Over the years the Library has acquired a number of personal collections,
the largest being the Hambly and Rowe, the Ashley Rowe and the A.K.
Hamilton Jenkin Libraries. Other material has been donated by members
of the public items too numerous to mention.
All the main Cornish newspapers are microfilmed annually. Backfiles
of over 30 Cornish papers have also been filmed or purchased, covering
the period from the mid-18th Century. A list is available.
There is a large collection of serial publications relating to Cornwall.
These include both general interest and specialist journals and church
and parish magazines.
Various types and scales of maps are held. These include geological,
navigational, agricultural land classification, street plan and small
to large scale Ordnance Survey publications. A selective list is available.
Illustrative material is constantly being added and several thousand
examples may be seen. A major collection of over 100,000 glass negatives
is presently being worked on to enhance its accessibility.
The Enumerators Returns for Cornwall of 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881,
and 1891 are available on microfilm. General Register Office Indexes
The indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths from 1837 to 1939 are available
The Library has an extensive range of directories covering Cornwall.
A list is available.
Hours of Opening
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00 am to 5.00pm
Saturday 10.00 am to 1.00pm
Telephone Number: +44 (0) 1209 216760
Fax: +44 (0) 1209 210283
Study facilities and photocopying are available. Certain maps, most
newspapers, the census returns and St. Catherine's House indexes require
the use of a microfilm reader. Telephone to book before travelling some
The Cornish Studies Library supports the work of branch libraries in
Cornwall and initial enquiries may be made there.
Cornwall Centre / Kresenn
Kernow, Alma Place, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 2AT.
Tel: +44 (0) 1209 216760 Fax: +44 (0) 1209 210283