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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

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

Reading and activities with Amanda Kidd

Thu 4 Aug 2022 , 11:00 – 12:00 Gainsborough Community Library £2 per child

Join children's author Amanda Kidd for a special event for children at Gainsborough Community Library.

Find out more

Regular events and activities

All events

Weekend Crafts for Children (Saturday session)

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

Sat 9 Jul 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 10 Jul 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 10 Jul 2022 , 14:30 – 16:00 ( Second Sunday of the month) 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 11 Jul 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 11 Jul 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 11 Jul 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 12 Jul 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 12 Jul 2022 , 10:30 – 11:30 ( Every Tuesday) Gainsborough Community Library

Singing Group

Get involved with a friendly singing session with local musician Carl.

Tue 12 Jul 2022 , 13:30 – 15:00 ( Every Tuesday) Gainsborough Community Library Donations welcome