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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.


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.

Printing and Photocopying

Our PaperCut system allows you to securely manage your printing, scanning and photocopying using the library's public computers and multi-function devise (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

Free Wi-Fi is available in the library. Our PaperCut system also allows you to print securely to the library MFD via WiFi


Keep up to date with our wide selection of local and national newspapers and magazines.

Local and Family History

Lincoln Central Library holds the major local studies collection for the County of Lincolnshire with resources including books, maps, photographs and pamphlets. Historic newspapers are also held on microfilm along with census records. Details of online resources to aid family historians can be found in the section below.

Adult and Children’s Activities

The Library runs a range of activities for children and adults. Click on the Timetable and News links at the top of the page to find out what’s on.

Library Shop

Our Library Shop stocks a variety of reading and literary themed gifts sure to bring a smile to any book lovers face. Reading Journals,  book ends, reading rubber ducks and beautiful necklaces and broaches are among the many items on sale.

Room Hire

Lincoln Central Library provides two rooms available for hire by community groups or businesses. The Community Room can seat up to 80 and has a separate kitchen. The smaller Activity Room seats up to 20 and includes a small kitchenette. With competitive rates for its city center location the Library is the ideal location for your meeting or event. Contact the team direct to find out more.

Reading Garden

An attractive oasis in the city center where customers can sit, read, and relax. The wireless signal reaches into the garden too, allowing customers to sit outside and use their laptops in warmer weather. The Reading Garden is also used for a variety of children’s activities as well as live music events.

Readers Groups Services

As well as being an enjoyable social experience being part of a reading group is a great way to expand your reading horizons.

Drama Groups Services

Single and multiple copies of playsets are available for theatre and drama groups to borrow. 

Online reference tools

Reference Online

Lincolnshire Libraries subscribe to a number of authoritative information and reference resources that you can access free of charge from your local library. Click the link to find out more.

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 resources in this area, click on the link to find out more.