Cornish Studies Library

The most comprehensive collection of all things Cornwall. Run by professional librarians, the Cornish Studies Library is a treasure trove of knowledge. Look through old newspapers and photographs, discover your own Cornish ancestry, and breathe in the culture of the Celts. The wide-ranging collection covers Cornwall's history, geography, industries, customs and other aspects of Cornish life, including family history.

The Cornish Studies Library is housed in the Cornwall Centre - a beautiful historic building in the heart of the town centre. The building also holds regular exhibitions and events in its gallery, and is home to Redruth Visitor Centre and is the starting place of the captivating Tregellas Tapestries.

What you can see and do

The Cornish Studies Library is a reference library specialising in helping those studying Cornwall and researching family history. It includes around 40,000 printed and published books and pamphlets and extensive collections of journals, magazines, maps and charts. Cornish newspapers dating from the early nineteenth century to the present day are available to view on microfilm as well as many thousands of photographs covering the county. There is space to study in comfort and access to the internet for family history research.

The fully-staffed Visitor Centre area includes interpretation panels on Redruth's past and walking and cycle trail leaflets are available as well as information on local attractions. There are also regular exhibitions by Cornish artists and local history groups and the Centre is the starting point for Tregellas Tapestries Trail.


You can find the Cornwall Centre in Alma Place. From the railway station walk down the hill and take the first right into Alma Place on the way to Fore Street and the Cornwall Centre is on the left.

Opening and admission

The Cornwall Centre is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm. There is no need to make a booking, but if you have a specific enquiry you can phone or email staff, so that books, photographs or other resources can be ready for you to see. The service is free. Please not that the Cornish Studies Library will close from the 10th September 2018, due to its relocation at the old brewery site, where it will reopen as part of the Kresen Kernow archive centre.

Nearest car park or cycle park

Fairmeadow Car Park in Station Hill. Cycles can be left outside.

Distance from Bus or Train

Positioned right next to the transport hub of the town, seconds away from the railway station and main bus stops. The Town Map outside the Railway Station shows the location.

Contact details

Telephone - 01209 216760 or email


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