Cornish Studies Library


Cornish Studies Library is dedicated to Cornish subjects and is the only public library to do so.  Their resources include books, pamphlets, journals and photographs.  

If the publication is about Cornwall, or was published there, the library aims to acquire at least one copy of the publication.  

They also have books by Cornish authors or by writers who are based in Cornwall.  They also have 30 local newspapers spanning 200 years.

Their professional librarians and staff, who specialise in Cornwall, are always on hand to help if you have an interest in anything connected to Cornwall and need advice and assistance.  They cover everything that has a connection to Cornwall, which includes family history.  

Contact Information for Cornish Studies Library


Cornish Studies Library
Alma Place 

TR15 2AT

Telephone Number:

01209 216760



For information about their collections, please visit their Home Page.  Collections include:

  • Census returns
  • Family history books
  • Local history books
  • Journals
  • Newspapers
  • Parish registers
  • Periodicals
  • Transcripts

You can also access their online catalogue.  No images of their holdings are available in the catalogue, but most documents are described in detail, with some including a transcription of the document concerned.

The Old Photographs of Cornwall collection contains approximately 160000 photographs and photographs, and is maintained by the Cornwall Centre.  A selection of these images have been placed online, and can be searched through their site.

Many research guides are also available, which include guides to property history, copyright and mining collections. Maps of the district are also accessible, which include:

  • Bodmin
  • Camborne-Redruth
  • Falmouth
  • Kerrier
  • Launceston
  • Liskeard
  • Penzance
  • St Austell
  • St Germans
  • Statton
  • Truro

Opening Hours

Opening Hours can be found by going to their visit the Library page.

Location and Directions

They are located in Central Redruth at the Cornwall Centre on Alma Place.  It is situated near bus and train links.  A public car park is located behind the building.  There is disabled access at the main entrance.


You do not need to book before visiting, but if travelling a long distance or making a special journey you should check the documents you wish to consult will be available before visiting. Ordering documents in advance of your visit is not required.  

Accessible Items

Microfilm, microfiche readers and audio-visual work stations are accessible, and PC's are also available. Tables are available for people wishing to consult books and other printed items, with some having power points for laptops.  If you wish to read a book or magazine, or chat about your research, a browsing area is accessible.

Photography and Photocopying

Photocopies may be made of some items in their collections, but they make a charge to people wishing to take advantage of this service, and copyright regulations are in place.  Scanning facilities are also offered.

Readers' Tickets

You do not need to become a member to visit the Library and it is free to access.

For more information regarding Record Offices in Cornwall, please visit my page regarding Cornwall Record Office.

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