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.

Room hire

At Lincoln Central Library we have meeting spaces, a gallery and other rooms for hire for both personal and professional use.

Study space

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


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


At Lincoln Central Library, we have limited free on street parking spaces, including accessible parking.

Library Shop

Our library shop stocks a lovely range of gifts, toys, jewellery, bags and cards, so have a browse and find that perfect something for yourself or someone just as special.

Quiet area

In our quiet areas, please switch off your mobile or turn it to silent and speak quietly, being mindful of other visitors

Local Studies


Dating mainly from the 19th century onwards and covering the historic county of Lincolnshire. Includes all the volumes published by the SLHA, Lincoln Record Society and the 4 volumes written by Sir Francis Hill on the history of Lincoln. Also the one volume that has been produced of the Victoria County History for Lincolnshire.


1841-1901 on film/fiche, LFHS surname indexes in booklet/fiche. Also Census Statistics 1801-1991 in book form (1981 on fiche). 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.

Newspapers on Microfilm

 Lincolnshire Echo (1879-1888, 1893 to date), Lincolnshire Chronicle 1833-1959 (incomplete) and the Stamford Mercury 1712-1908 (incomplete) and 1987-2020. Short runs of other local newspapers are also available. A Microfilm Reader Printer is available to use. To book the Reader or check whether the title and year you want is available, please contact the team direct.


Amongst the most significant are: Associated Archaeological and Architectural Societies papers 1850-1964, Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology publications including Lincs Past and Present and Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, Lincolnshire Life 1961 to date, Lincolnshire Notes and Queries 1888-1936 and Fenland Notes and Queries 1899-1909.


Contemporaneous maps of Lincoln and Lincolnshire from mainly 19th & 20th centuries including many OS maps in various scales, some earlier maps including strip maps. Other maps and plans depicting Lincoln and Lincolnshire from Roman times, through village enclosures to modern High Street Shops and Town plans. Searchable by card index and sheaf catalogue.


Photographs (approx. 50,000) of Lincoln and Lincolnshire from the late 19th century to date; these are mainly street views, churches and other buildings. There is a collection of portraits (mainly photographs] of Lincolnshire people, a small collection of photographs by Lincolnshire photographers and official British WWII photographs. Searchable by card index and staff enquiry.

Special Collections

Abell Scrapbooks on all aspects of Lincoln and its history. News cuttings and notes dating from 1930s-1960s compiled by a history teacher; Hammertons Windmills cuttings about Lincolnshire Windmills 1970s/80s; Lincoln City Memory Book (microfilm); Terence Leach Collection – notes and news cuttings from the files of the late Local Historian and author of the Lincolnshire Country Houses and their Families series; Walter Lee Grantham at War – photographs taken of Grantham for every day of the Second World War.

News cuttings

Dating from 1980s onwards covering notable Lincoln figures and events.


For Lincoln a variety of titles/dates from 1791 to 1975. For Lincolnshire a variety of titles/dates from 1826 to 1937.

Electoral Rolls

Lincoln 1908-2002. North Kesteven, West Lindsey and East Lindsey 1975-2002.

Poll Books

The predecessors to Electoral Rolls, dating from the 18th and early – mid 19th century.

Unbound Pamphlets

An eclectic mix of pamphlets, periodical articles and other ephemera covering Lincoln and Lincolnshire.

Bound Pamphlets

A collection of 24+ bound volumes of Lincolnshire pamphlets dating mainly from 18th and 19th centuries.

Workspaces at Lincoln Central Library

Whether you need a desk or a whole meeting room, we have plenty of workspaces at Lincoln Central 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 various meeting rooms for hire from 1 to up to 80 people. Meeting room hire is available for a fee during the library's opening hours. Minimum hire time is one hour and we'll provide tables and chairs.

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

Book a room

New to Lincoln Central Library

Find more books and resources in our library catalogue Go to catalogue

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 Lincoln Central 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.

The Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice Bureau run sessions covering topics like tax, housing and healthcare. They also help with banking and debt issues.

National Data Bank

We are a distribution location for National Data Bank SIM Cards, for more information visit National Databank here

Support groups

From community IT sessions to Connect with a cuppa, there are plenty of support groups at Lincoln Central Library, no matter what you're struggling with.

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Find out about more facilities and services on offer at Lincoln Central 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.