Scilly’s New Library Gets First Public Viewing

Librarian Kirsty Graham

Librarian Kirsty Graham

Scilly’s new library offers greatly improved facilities according to the islands’ librarian.

The new library, built in the former lifeboat station, was a popular attraction at yesterday’s Porthcressa open day, marking the completion of the scheme.

Librarian Kirsty Graham says it’s a massive change from the old one, with more space for books, as well as events like reading sessions and poetry groups.

The old library held around 5,000 titles and that’s set to increase by a further 1,000 says Kirsty. There will also be a study area with work desks.

The opening of the library has been delayed by IT problems. They’re moving to a computerised booking system with electronic library cards. It’s operated by Cornwall Council and Kirsty says it’s taking longer to add Scilly to the system than planned.

But it means that people will be able to see the library’s stock and reserve books on-line, as well as order titles from Cornwall’s vast collection.

A competition run earlier this year to design a new library card was won Eliza Pender.

The winning library card design by Eliza Pender

The winning library card design by Eliza Pender

Some items of furniture for the library, including a climb-in tunnel seat for children, has been purchased with a £2,000 grant from a charitable pot, set up some years ago by the Duke of Cornwall’s Benevolent Fund.

Duchy Land Steward Chris Gregory says the money is held on deposit and the interest earned is used to purchase equipment that furthers the interests of the library. The fund hasn’t been used for a few years, he says, so there was a reasonable sum available.

Chris says the timing was perfect to compliment the opening of the fantastic new library.

See more photos from the Porthcressa Open Day here.


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