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Gainsborough Community Library

Gainsborough Community Library

Manager: Mandy Grimwood

Clapgate Lane, Ipswich

Branch updates

  • The Voices Café, toilets and meeting room will be closed on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 June due to essential flooring works.
  • Gainsborough Community Library and Ipswich Community Media are looking for two young volunteers aged 16+ to help run a radio project. This opportunity is for 2.5 hours a week and includes 10 weeks' free training. Contact the library for more information.

Opening hours

Day Hours
Monday 0900 – 1800
Tuesday 0900 – 1700
Wednesday 0900 – 1700
Thursday 0900 – 1700
Friday 0900 – 1800
Saturday 0900 – 1700
Sunday 1100 – 1600

Room & venue hire

Room and space hire at Gainsborough Community Library →

Branch facilities

IT and printing facilities

Regular events and activities

Children's events

Art session for 11+ year-olds: term-time only

Wednesday, 1700-1830

Boys' group: for ages 12-16

Friday, 1600-1700

Boys' group: for ages 8-11

Tuesday, 1530-1645

Children's activities

Saturday, 1300-1600

Programme includes health cooking, science fun and fitness fun. Contact the library for more information.

Craft activities: for primary school age children

Sunday, 1300-1500

Girls' group: have fun and build your self-esteem

Monday, 1600-1700

  • 3 June: 5 Ways to Wellbeing book craft
  • 10 June: visit from therapy dog Brutus
  • 17 June: Women 100 resource box activities
  • Thursday 20 June: Outing to Ringo's 6-7pm - max 20 girls
  • 24 June: Cooking
  • 1 July: Sound studio & voice recording
  • 8 July: Sound studio & voice recording
  • 15 July: Movie night
  • 22 July: Outing - location tbc

Lego Club, board games and table football

Monday, 1600-1800


Wednesday, 1545-1645 (1530-1645 during summer holidays)

Stay & Play

Monday, 0930-1130

Social time for parents and small children. Toys and colouring, plus story and rhyme time from 11-11:30am.

Street Dance with Just Jay: for children aged 8+

Thurday, 1600-1700

£1 a session, term-time only.

Older people's events

Top Time: events and activities for older people

Monday, 1400-1600

IT help

Absolute Beginners: book in advance

Sessions arranged on a mutually convenient basis, N/a

Internet and mobile phone training sessions for beginners: drop-in

Monday every 2 weeks, 1030-1200

Arts, crafts & games

Adult social group

Tuesday, 1300-1530

Pool, table tennis, board games and more


third Sunday of the month, 1430

All welcome, colouring sheets available to keep children entertained.

Craft café

Tuesday, 1000-1200

Bring in your own craft, learn something new, or enjoy some colouring-in.

Family craft, games and singing - join our choir!

Friday, 1600-1800

Family colouring group

Saturday, 1130-1230 (1100-1300 during summer holidays)

Scrabble club

Wednesday, 1400-1600

Health & wellbeing events

Bujinkan martial arts: beginners welcome

Wednesday, 1930-2130

16+ only, email bujinkanipswichenquiries@gmail.com for more information.

HIIT and boxing fitness with Suffolk Sport: for 14-19 year-olds

Wednesdays, 1700-1745

Free fitness satellite club

New age kurling and boccia free junior session

Tuesday, 1530-1645

New Age Kurling & Boccia

Thursday, 1030-1200

£2 per session, includes hot drinks and biscuits.

Sharing stories: for adults with learning disabilities and their carers

Wednesday, 1030-1200

Singing for the soul

Friday, 1115-1200

Fundraising, stalls & book sales

Coffee morning in the cafe

Tuesday, 1030-1200

Adult colouring available or bring your own craft.

Upcoming special events