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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

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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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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Regular events and activities

All events

Baby Bounce - gentle songs and nursery rhymes

Enjoy soft and gentle songs and rhymes with your baby.

Fri 13 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 13 May 2022 , 11:00 – 11:45 ( Every Friday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Family Craft Group

Join our weekly family craft session.

Fri 13 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 13 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 14 May 2022 , 14:00 – 15:00 ( Every Saturday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Weekend Crafts for Children (Sunday session)

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

Sun 15 May 2022 , 14:00 – 15:00 ( Every Sunday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Family Bingo

Come along to our fun family bingo session every week.

Sun 15 May 2022 , 15:00 – 16:00 ( Every Sunday) Gainsborough Community Library From £ 1

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 16 May 2022 , 10:00 – 10:45 ( Every Monday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

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 16 May 2022 , 11:15 – 12:00 ( Every 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 16 May 2022 , 16:15 – 17:45 ( Every Monday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry From £ 1