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Gainsborough Community Library

The library is open for Select & Collect, reservations and returns, computer use and browsing.

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

Opening times

Monday 0900 - 1600
Tuesday 0900 - 1700
Wednesday 0900 - 1700
Thursday 0900 - 1700
Friday 0900 - 1600
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

Community garden sale

Sat 10 Jul – Sun 11 Jul 2021

Set up your own garden stall in the IP3 area with a small donation to your local library service.

Find out more

Community garden sale

Sat 4 Sep – Sun 5 Sep 2021

Set up your own garden stall in the IP3 area with a small donation to your local library service.

Find out more

Regular events and activities

All events

Little Storymakers - story & crafts

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

Tue 22 Jun 2021 , 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 22 Jun 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 23 Jun 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 23 Jun 2021 , 17:00 – 17:45 (Every Wednesday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Baby Bounce

Enjoy soft and gentle songs and rhymes with your baby in our weekly baby bounce sessions.

Fri 25 Jun 2021 , 10:00 – 10:45 (Every Friday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Tot Rock (morning session)

Bring your tots to our sessions of fun, active rhymes and songs.

Fri 25 Jun 2021 , 11:00 – 11:45 (Every Friday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Tot Rock (afternoon session)

Bring your tots to our sessions of fun, active rhymes and songs.

Fri 25 Jun 2021 , 14:00 – 14:45 (Every Friday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Me, Myself and Baby

Stay & Play group for parents and babies

Join us for a relaxed and informal group stay and play session for parents and babies.

Mon 28 Jun 2021 , 10:00 – 10:45 (Every Monday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry

Me, Myself and Baby

Stay & Play group for parents and babies

Join us for a relaxed and informal opportunity to meet other parents and carers, share experiences and chat.

Mon 28 Jun 2021 , 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 28 Jun 2021 , 16:15 – 17:45 (Every Monday) Gainsborough Community Library Free entry From £1