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Gainsborough Community Library

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

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

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01473 927270

help@suffolklibraries.co.uk

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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
  • Refreshments available from Voices Cafe (when open)
  • Limited onsite parking - free roadside parking near library
  • Projector and screen available
  • Flipchart available on request
  • Availability: All day subject to other bookings. Bookings outside library opening hours may attract an additional charge to cover staffing cost.

Cost: £14 per hour for community/charity/private bookings, £21 per hour for commercial/statutory bookings

Meeting room

Max 15 people
  • Capacity: 10 people for meetings, 15 people in rows
  • Refreshments available from Voices Cafe (when open)
  • Limited onsite parking - free roadside parking near library
  • Flipchart available on request
  • Availability: All day subject to other bookings. Bookings outside library opening hours may attract an additional charge to cover staffing cost.

Cost: £9 per hour for community/charity/private bookings, £13.50 per hour for commercial/statutory bookings

Sound studio

Max 5 people
  • Capacity: 5 people
  • Refreshments available from Voices Cafe (when open)
  • Limited onsite parking - free roadside parking near library
  • Availability: Outside library opening hours only, subject to other bookings.

Cost: £8 per hour for community/charity/private bookings, £12 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
  • Refreshments available from Voices Cafe (when open)
  • Limited onsite parking - free roadside parking near library
  • Flipchart available on request
  • Availability: Outside library opening hours only, subject to other bookings.

Cost: To be negotiated with library manager

Other information

  • Bookings are for a minimum of 2 hours
  • 12.5% discount for bookings of 8 sessions or more - upfront payment applies
  • Bookings outside of library opening hours may attract an additional charge to cover staff costs

Events and activities at Gainsborough Community Library

Upcoming special events

All special events

Wellbeing Suffolk drop-in session

Tue 24 May 2022 , 10:00 – 12:00 Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Join Wellbeing Suffolk for this drop-in session and find support and resources.

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Elmer Day activities

Sat 28 May 2022 , 13:00 – 16:00 Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Celebrate Elmer Day with some fun activities for children.

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Wellbeing Sound Journey

Thu 2 Jun 2022 , 19:00 – 21:00 Gainsborough Community Library £5 per person

Join Wayne McHugh for a wellbeing talk followed by a drumming and sound meditation session.

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Queen's Platinum Jubilee Street Party

Sun 5 Jun 2022 , 11:30 – 15:00 Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee and get involved with crafts, outdoor games and refreshments.

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Information and Advice Hub

Wed 15 Jun 2022 , 10:00 – 12:00 Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Join us for our friendly drop-in session and get support and guidance from local organisations.

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Fundraising Car Wash

Sat 18 Jun 2022 , 11:00 – 16:00 Gainsborough Community Library £3 per car

Get your car sparkling clean for just £3 at our fundraising car wash event.

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Regular events and activities

All events

IT drop-in session

Build your confidence using technology at this helpful drop-in session for all.

Thu 19 May 2022 , 09:30 – 11:30 ( Every Thursday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Boccia and Kurling

Join us for a fun morning of Boccia and Indoor Kurling.

Thu 19 May 2022 , 10:30 – 12:00 ( Every Thursday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Fruit & Veg Pop-up Shop

Come along to the library and grab a bag of fresh fruit and veg.

Thu 19 May 2022 , 13:00 – 15:00 ( Every Thursday) Gainsborough Community Library £2

Gainsborough Book Group

Join our friendly and informal book group at Gainsborough Community Library.

Thu 19 May 2022 , 14:00 – 15:00 ( Every Thursday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Baby Bounce - gentle songs and nursery rhymes

Enjoy soft and gentle songs and rhymes with your baby.

Fri 20 May 2022 , 10:00 – 10:45 ( Every Friday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Tot Rock - active songs and rhymes for preschool children

Join us for a fun session of active songs and rhymes for under 5s.

Fri 20 May 2022 , 11:00 – 11:45 ( Every Friday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Family Craft Group

Join our weekly family craft session.

Fri 20 May 2022 , 16:00 – 17:45 ( Every Friday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Art Space - printmaking workshop

Join artist Sarah Nkugwa and learn the art of printmaking at this workshop for 12 to 16 year olds.

Fri 20 May 2022 , 16:00 – 18:00 ( Every Friday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Weekend Crafts for Children (Saturday session)

Enjoy childrens craft activities in the comfortable space of the library.

Sat 21 May 2022 , 14:00 – 15:00 ( Every Saturday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Creative Writing Group

Join in with our creative writing group and share your written work or exchange ideas with others.

Sat 21 May 2022 , 14:30 – 16:00 ( Every other Saturday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry