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Gainsborough Community Library

Monday to Friday 9 - 9.30am is self-service only.

Library will be self-service only on Tuesday 8 February between 12 - 2 due to a staff meeting.

Opening times

Monday 0900 - 1800
Tuesday 0900 - 1700
Wednesday 0900 - 1700
Thursday 0900 - 1700
Friday 0900 - 1800
Saturday 0900 - 1700
Sunday 1100 - 1600

Out-of-hours book return available

Contact

Manager: Mandy Grimwood

Clapgate Lane, Ipswich
IP3 0RL

Find us on Google Maps

01473 927270

help@suffolklibraries.co.uk

Connect with Gainsborough Community Library

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Voices for Gainsborough Community Library

Volunteer and support your library by organising events, activities and initiatives to raise money. Contact the library manager for more information.

Branch facilities

  • Customer toilet
  • Refreshments: available in our Voices café; open 10am to 4pm Mon-Tues and 10am to 2pm on Weds-Fri.
  • Payments: cash, cheques and cards accepted
  • Accessibility information on accessable.co.uk
  • Parking: small car park available at rear of library
  • Display space: two cork boards in cafe area for A3, A4 or A5 posters
  • Which? Available online and in print
  • Free sanitary products available

Room and venue hire

Community room

Max 50 people
  • Capacity: 30 people for meetings, 50 people in rows
  • Availability: All day subject to other bookings. Bookings outside library opening hours may attract an additional charge to cover staffing cost.

Cost: £12 per hour for community/charity/private bookings, £18 per hour for commercial/statutory bookings

Meeting room

Max 15 people
  • Capacity: 10 people for meetings, 15 people in rows
  • Availability: All day subject to other bookings. Bookings outside library opening hours may attract an additional charge to cover staffing cost.

Cost: £7 per hour for community/charity/private bookings, £10.50 per hour for commercial/statutory bookings

Sound studio

Max 5 people
  • Capacity: 5 people
  • Availability: Outside library opening hours only, subject to other bookings.

Cost: £5 per hour for community/charity/private bookings, £7.50 per hour for commercial/statutory bookings

Café area / space within library

Max 30 people
  • Capacity: Various (depending on part of library and format) but potentially up to 30 people in rows
  • Availability: Outside library opening hours only, subject to other bookings.

Cost: To be negotiated with library manager

Other information

  • Limited on-site parking available. Street parking beside library
  • Refreshments available from café during opening hours, refreshment making facilities available outside opening hours
  • Projector available for community room users

Events and activities at Gainsborough Community Library

Upcoming special events

Author talk with James Jenkins

Sat 22 Jan 2022 , 14:00 – 16:00

Join local author James Jenkins for a special talk and writing workshop.

Find out more

Preloved Sale - books, toys and games

Sat 29 Jan 2022 , 11:00 – 16:00

Come along to our table top sale event and pick up preloved books, games, toys and more.

Find out more

Regular events and activities

All events

Me, Myself and Baby

Stay & Play group for parents and babies

Enjoy some playtime with your baby whilst getting the chance to meet other parents in this weekly Stay & Play.

Mon 17 Jan 2022 , 10:00 – 10:45 (Every Monday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Me, Myself and Baby

Stay & Play group for parents and babies

Enjoy some playtime with your baby whilst getting the chance to meet other parents in this weekly Stay & Play.

Mon 17 Jan 2022 , 11:15 – 12:00 (Every Monday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Top Time - social group for older people

Join our social group for older people including games, quizzes, and chatting with others.

Mon 17 Jan 2022 , 14:00 – 16:00 (Every other Monday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Girls Group (suitable for age 8-16 years)

Girls aged 8 - 16 can join our girls group at Gainsborough Library to make new friends and learn new skills

Mon 17 Jan 2022 , 16:15 – 17:45 (Every Monday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry From £1

Adult Craft Cafe

Come along to our friendly crafting social for adults.

Tue 18 Jan 2022 , 10:00 – 12:00 (Every Tuesday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Little Storymakers - story & crafts

Join us for a story and craft session for young children.

Tue 18 Jan 2022 , 10:30 – 11:30 (Every Tuesday) Gainsborough Community Library

Reading Sparks Community Action Project

Take part in our new project aimed at 14 - 18 year olds to learn new skills and make a difference in the local community.

Tue 18 Jan 2022 , 16:15 – 17:45 (Every Tuesday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Citizens Advice drop-in session

Come along to our weekly Citizens Advice drop-in session.

Wed 19 Jan 2022 , 09:30 – 12:30 (Every Wednesday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Sharing Stories - social group for adults with additional needs

Join us for our weekly social event for adults with additional needs.

Wed 19 Jan 2022 , 11:00 – 12:15 (Every Wednesday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Dancing sessions for primary age children

A fun dance session for all abilities, aimed at young people aged 8 - 12 years.

Wed 19 Jan 2022 , 16:00 – 16:45 (Every Wednesday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry