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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

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

All special events

Libraries Week - Curious Pearl Reading Sparks activities

Tue 5 Oct 2021 , 16:00 – 17:00

Celebrate Libraries Week with some fun craft activities for all.

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Mega Fundraising Party with Body Shop

Sat 9 Oct 2021 , 18:30 – 20:30

Join us for our mega fundraising party and get involved with games and raffles.

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Medium Night with Wayne McHugh

Fri 22 Oct 2021 , 19:00 – 21:00

Join us for a medium night with Wayne McHugh.

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Youth Projects Bake Sale weekend

Sat 23 Oct – Sun 24 Oct 2021 , 11:00 – 16:00

Come along to our bake sale weekend and support our youth groups.

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Youth Groups Car Wash Fundraiser

Sun 24 Oct 2021 , 11:00 – 16:00

Come along and get your car washed and support our youth groups.

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Pamper and Shopping event

Sat 20 Nov 2021 , 10:00 – 16:00

Join us at the library and treat yourself to a pamper and shopping experience.

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Wellbeing Sound Journey with Wayne McHugh

Sat 20 Nov 2021 , 19:00 – 21:00

Join us for a wellbeing talk, drumming and sound meditation session with Wayne McHugh.

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Regular events and activities

All events

Adult Craft Cafe

Come along to our friendly crafting social for adults.

Tue 28 Sep 2021 , 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 28 Sep 2021 , 10:30 – 11:30 (Every Tuesday) Gainsborough Community Library

Police Community Engagement Officer drop-in session

Police Community Engagement Officer drop-in session at the library.

Tue 28 Sep 2021 , 11:00 – 12:00 (Fourth Tuesday of the month) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

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 28 Sep 2021 , 16:15 – 17:45 (Every Tuesday) 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 29 Sep 2021 , 16:00 – 16:45 (Every Wednesday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Boxing fitness for teens

Join us for an exciting weekly set of boxing fitness sessions aimed at young people aged 12 - 16 years.

Wed 29 Sep 2021 , 17:00 – 17:45 (Every Wednesday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Walk, Snap and Chat

Meet for a walk around nature, chat, and take photos with others.

Wed 29 Sep 2021 , 18:30 – 20:30 (Last Wednesday of the month) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Work Well Suffolk drop-in sessions

Come along to our Work Well Suffolk drop-in sessions and get advice and support on education and employment opportunities.

Thu 30 Sep 2021 , 10:00 – 13:00 (Every other Thursday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Boccia and Kurling

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

Thu 30 Sep 2021 , 10:30 – 12:00 (Every Thursday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Gainsborough Book Group

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

Thu 30 Sep 2021 , 14:00 – 15:00 (Every Thursday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry