The Cornwall Centre is dedicated to providing information about Cornwall and is staffed by professional librarians. Its collection of over 40,000 books and printed resources covers Cornish history, geography, industries, customs and highlights Cornwall’s mining heritage. It offers anyone interested in the industrial history of Cornwall an opportunity to study mining survey maps, geology maps, photographs, newspapers, journals, census returns, property history, family history, and much more.
The Centre is located in a characteristic, late 19th century former commercial building in the centre of Redruth. Redruth developed as a major centre of Tin and Copper mining and many domestic, social and educational buildings of the period can still be seen. The effective re-use of many of these buildings now contributes to the regeneration of the town which suffered from the loss of the mining industry.