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Libraries

Many of Cornwall’s libraries will continue to waive any overdue charges until further notice, but please check with your local branch to confirm.

Many of Cornwall’s Libraries will still be open to you during this current lock down by welcoming you at the door with a click and collect service. Order your books online, then go to your nominated library to collect them from the lobby or entrance. You can also return items as well. Regular library activities such as story-time sessions will have to wait until we can fully reopen. Please keep an eye on our social media posts and publicity. 

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Please note that not all services and facilities are available.  Some libraries are able to offer 30 minutes of computer access for essential use during the lockdown. Please check with your local library  for their opening times and before making a special journey. 

*Virtual browsing – see our list of recommended sites that can help you choose what to read next.

Take a look at our Facebook page to listen to some recommendations from Cornwall Library staff.

Our libraries provide access to a wide range of books for leisure and learning, plus:

  • DVDs
  • online newspapers
  • eBooks
  • eAudiobooks
  • online magazines
  • music scores
  • plays and
  • local information

We also offer access to computers and online resources.

Cornwall Library and Information Services are inclusive. We can support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.  Some of our sites have level access to the buildings for wheelchairs as well as disabled parking spaces. We plan all activities with a view to the needs of those attending. Some sites have quiet areas, some can dim the lights.  Children aged 8 and under remain the responsibility of the parent during visits to our sites. We are responsible for ensuring your child is safe and secure within the building. Some of our teams are trained in first aid. All staff have had a DBS check and have had safeguarding training. Our service policies include safeguarding/child protection, and Equality and Diversity.

To find out what your local library has to offer please contact them for more details. You will find the links to your local library below.  If you are interested in the performance of your local library you can view the yearly summary reports.

Find out how to borrow and renew library items or reserve an item that's already out on loan. You can view a list of current library charges and find out how to pay them. Find out about joining or setting up a reading group.  We also offer home library services (if you can't get to your library due to ill-health or disability the library can come to you)


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Access our range of online reference books and other resources. Some subscription websites require your library membership number to gain free access.

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Explore our online books, eAudiobooks, newspapers and magazines.  As a Cornwall library card member you can access online newspapers and magazines or search our newspaper archives.

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Learn a language online or take advantage of Theory Test Pro simulation of driving theory test

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