Co-working and Venue Hire

Welcoming, accessible spaces for your performance, exhibition, club or event.

venue hire

Also in The Old Library

Citizens Advice, our Share Box and other projects using the building.


Clubs and Activities

We host a range of fun and friendly groups - or start your own!

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Community Garden

Green fingered - or want to be? Dig into our community garden!

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The Old Library is a vibrant arts, culture & community venue in the centre of Bodmin. With a licensed café/bar, wheelchair access throughout and hireable meeting space and wifi, we offer an exceptional and exciting multi-purpose venue.

The Old Library and the Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritag Fund are helping us preserve this amazing building for our community - find out more about what we're doing?


The Architectural Heritage Fund is a charity that helps communities across the UK to preserve and revitalise older buildings that they love.

They've supported us in our campaign to keep the Old Library available to the community in Bodmin - now and into the future.

The Old Library: founded on community access, use and enjoyment

From its opening in the 19th century, to the present day, we're taking the Old Library into Bodmin's future.

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The Bodmin Free Library was formally opened to the public on the 24th of May 1897 by Right Hon. Leonard H Courtenay, MP for Bodmin.

The original Bodmin Free Library was built using funds given by John Passmore Edwards, a philanthropist and lifelong champion of the working classes.

Born at Blackwater in Cornwall, he funded over 70 public buildings, hospitals, libraries, drinking fountains, schools, convalescent homes and art galleries across the UK - many of which are still used for their original purpose.

The building itself was designed by Silvanus Trevail, the most prominent Cornish architect of the 19th century. He also designed The Headland Hotel, the Hayle Institute, and The Carbis Bay Hotel.

Read more about the history of this incredible building and the people behind it.

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The Future

Our Founder Supporters

We are proud to be continuing this legacy of community access, use and enjoyment. When we began the campaign, we were supported by 100 supporters - who we're honoured to recognise here.

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Build a Better Bodmin

intoBodmin is a community and arts organisation.

Our mission is:

To enable individuals and communities to access cultural activity, encouraging innovation, participation and partnerships.

To bring vitality into the heart of the town and bring the communities together through accessible and inclusive spaces and activity.

To see the community’s aspirations grow and inspire community pride in the place they live.

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