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Book Lending

Whatever your age or interest we have a wide range of books that you can borrow for free. You may borrow up to 30 books for up to three weeks. Large print and talking books are also available. Click on the link below to search our catalogue.

 

Computers

Enjoy free internet access to help you with your studies or research, for checking your email or simply for surfing the web. You can also use our computers for writing letters, preparing a CV or having a look at your holiday photos. Book online or contact the team if you would like to reserve a computer in advance of your visit. Please note our computers automatically shut down 15 minutes before library closing time.

Print, Scan, Copy

Our PaperCut system allows you to securely manage your printing, scanning and photocopying using the library's public computers and multi-function device (MFD). PaperCut also allows you to print securely to the library MFD via WiFi or from home. If you do not want to set up a PaperCut account then staff release printing is available via our Quick Use computers. If you only wish to photocopy then copy cards can be purchased at the Enquiry Desk. Please see our Fees tab for details of charges.

Free WiFi

Enjoy free unlimited Wi-Fi, to help with your studies, download an ebook or even stream your favourite TV show. Access is through The Cloud, a public access hotspot, sign up once and your device will auto connect when you walk through the door. 

 

DVD Hire

We have a wide selection of DVDs that can be hired for one week. Please see our Fees tab for details of charges.

E-Books, E-Audio, E-Magazines/Newspapers and E-Music

Click the link to access eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines and Newspapers and Music streaming with your library card.

Local and Family History

Alongside free online access to Ancestry and Find My Past, Gainsborough Library holds a range of local studies resources relating to the history of the town. This includes historical copies of the Gainsborough News and Gainsborough Standard on microfilm for a range of years. Contact the team direct to find out more about our collection.

Adult and Children’s Activities

From story time to craft clubs, lego to coffee mornings our libraries offer a variety of regular and one off activities and events for all of the family to enjoy. To find out what's on this month visit our news page.

Readers, Music and Drama Groups

Find out more about our subscription services for Readers Groups, Music Groups, and Drama Groups.

Home Library Service

If you or someone you know is unable to visit the library, follow the link below to find out about our access mobile library service. 

Bookstart

You're never too young to start your reading adventure, find out more about the Bookstart scheme in Lincolnshire.

Study Space

Need space to study? Contact the team to find out about study space availability, and we can even advise on the best times to visit for a bit of peace and quiet. 

Online Reference Tools

Reference Online

You can access a number of trusted information and reference resources free of charge from your local library, including titles such as Britannica Online (Junior, Student and Adult editions), titles in the acclaimed Oxford Companions series, Who’s Who and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Click the link to find out more.

 

Learn Online

Click the link below to explore our online learning resources, including interactive practice resources to help you prepare for the Life in the UK test, British citizenship test and your Driving Theory test.

 

Family History Online

Lots of people want to find out about the previous generations of their family and Lincolnshire’s local heritage. The Library Service provides access to key online resources in this area including; Ancestry.com and Find My Past, click on the link below to find out more.