Facilities and services

Our facilities


Black and white and colour printing is available for a small fee. Print in A4 or A3 from our computers or your own laptop.

Study space

Whether you're studying or working, find desks, quiet areas and dedicated study spaces at Gainsborough Library. 


Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the library. You can log in on your phone, tablet or laptop. 


At Gainsborough Library, we have limited free street parking spaces. There are also paid car parks near by.

Local Studies

We have a range of local studies resources for reference use covering the history of Gainsborough and the surrounding area. Our collection includes:
  • Books: A selection of books relating to the history of Gainsborough and the surrounding area. 
  • Directories: Titles such as Kellys and Whites covering a variety of years from 1826- 1937. Gainsborough Directories are also held for a variety of years from 1844-1958. 
  • Newspapers on Microfilm: Gainsborough News 1867-2010 (incomplete). A Microfilm Reader Printer is available to use. To book the Reader or check whether the year you want is available, please contact the team direct. 
  • Maps: OS scale covering Gainsborough and the surrounding area for a variety of dates between 1853 and the 1980s. 
  • Illustrations: A collection of photographs of Gainsborough and the surrounding area dating from 1900s onwards 

Workspaces at Gainsborough Library

Whether you need a desk or a whole meeting room, we have workspaces at Gainsborough Library. 

We have desks and quiet study spaces that are free for everyone to use. They're available on a first come, first served basis.

If you need more room, we also have a meeting room for hire for up to 12 people. 

Need to hire a room? Click the link below to find out more.

Book a room

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Featured skills courses

Career active

Boost your career with this free resource for library members, including tips and videos on CVs, application forms and interviews.

Theory test pro

Pass your driving theory test first time with this free resource. Practice with a full bank of official questions licensed from the DSA.

Learn my way

Improve your IT skills with this do-it-yourself course, supported by our friendly library staff.  

Learning and Research

From historical archives to reference tools, discover learning and research resources at Gainsborough Library.

Newspaper records

Discover digital newspaper archives from major publications including The Times and the Financial Times.

Ancestry tools

Dive into the past and trace your family tree using free ancestry tools such as Find My Past and Who’s Who and Who Was Who. 

Oxford reference resources

Access a range of reference tools online including Oxford Dictionaries and Oxford Bibliographies.

Britannica online

As a library member, you can access the adult, junior or student edition of Britannica Online for free. 

Community support

From money matters to legal advice, we offer a range of services to support everyone in our communities.

Barclays Bank Drop-ins

Speak to your local Barclays Community Banking Team.

Support groups

From Cuppa with a Copper to Wellbeing Wednesday, there are plenty of support groups at Gainsborough Library, no matter what you're struggling with.

Explore more facilities and services in Lincolnshire

Find out about more facilities and services on offer at Gainsborough Library and within Lincolnshire. 

Workspaces and Facilities

From meeting rooms for hire to study areas, discover our library workspaces.

Home Library Service

Our Access Mobile service can deliver items directly to your door if you cannot reach a core staffed library or community hub due to location, health or mobility issues.