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Courtney Library

Cornish History Research Centre

Industry experts, Research Library UK, say that Cornwall has one of the most important libraries in the UK; the Courtney Library. The library holds some of the most significant collections of Cornish manuscripts anywhere in the world. It also includes steam engine inventor and engineer Richard Trevithick’s original correspondence, and internationally best-selling author, Winston Graham’s original manuscripts.

The Courtney Library works with both local and international partners to advance knowledge and mutual understanding of Cornish culture – past and present.

Download a copy of Cornwall related books from our library: Local Book Catalogue

Opening Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
10—1pm & 2—4pm by appointment only

Free for members or £4.50 for a Library Pass

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