Gamlingay Library moved in July 2010 from Gamlingay Village College to the Alms Houses in Church Street (at the end near the notice board) – see the Background to Gamlingay Library section, at the foot of this page, for the history of the library and the reason behind the move.
The library is run by a team of volunteers, with one part-time staff member leading them. The Library's new address is:
The Almshouse Chapel
07855 370356 – during opening hours only.
0345 045 5225 – for renewals via the County Council's central resource.
Relevant County Council website page.
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The Library closes for two to three weeks over Christmas, depending on the availability of volunteers.
How to join Gamlingay Library
If you have a Cambridgeshire Library card, you can use it at Gamlingay Library.
Otherwise, just go in with two forms of ID and you will be issued with a Cambridgeshire library card, which can be used at any Cambridge library – there is no charge. Children need to be accompanied by an adult. Youngsters under 14 will receive a Junior ticket. You can take out up to 12 books at any one time.
What the Library has to offer
The Library has over 2,000 books, including large print and children's books, subdivided between pre-school board books, toddler and young reader categories. New books are added monthly, including the top ten best sellers. It also has a reference collection, including a good set of books on local history.
The wide selection of books includes:
- Children's thrillers
- Local maps
- Local village section
Every month, 100 books in the stock are exchanged for new titles from the Cambridgeshire Library Service, so you should always find something you haven't read.
The standard loan period for books is three weeks. See below for details of fines on overdue books and videos.
... and much more
CDs, DVDs, videos, talking books, public service information and local information. Access to 1901 census vouchers are also available
Books are free but there are charges for DVDs, videos, CDs and tapes – please refer to Cambridgeshire Libraries' charges.
Any book, DVD, CD, video and talking book held within any Cambridgeshire library, including mobile libraries, can be requested. There are charges for some requests – please refer to Cambridgeshire Libraries' request charges.
Books can be renewed up to three times by visiting or phoning the Library. When it is closed, you can renew books by phoning Cambridgeshire Libraries on 0845 045 5225. You can also renew books online using the Cambridgeshire Libraries catalogue. DVDs and videos can be renewed at the Library – they cannot be renewed by phone.
Fines for overdue books and videos
|For each day the Library is open
|The most that is charged per book is
For the charges for DVDs and tapes etc, please refer to Cambridgeshire Library fines.
Revenue raised from fines paid at the Library goes towards the purchase of new books.
For general use and FREE internet access
Three computers are available for use by the public, free of charge (except for a charge of 10p per page for printing). They can be used for internet access and have Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
One of the computers is also loaded with Adobe Photoshop and is connected to a scanner capable of scanning prints, negatives and slides. There is also an A3 colour printer (charge 20p per page).
A microfiche reader is also available.
Police message box
A police message box is available at the Library for you to post any non-urgent messages to the local police.
The notice board in the Library is for the use of the local community to advertise events etc.
A carousel in the Library contains leaflets on local and county events.
Friends of Gamlingay Library
You can show your interest and support in the Library by becoming a Friend of the Gamlingay Library. For as little as £1 per year you will be invited to attend the annual general meeting and have an input into the running of the Library. For further information, please contact the Library.
Donations and book sales
When the original Gamlingay library became Gamlingay Resource Centre in 2003, it received a great response for donations – which are still welcome.
All books should be in good condition. Those not suitable for addition to the collection, or whose title already exists in the Library, will be sold in the occasional books sales and profits will go towards the running of the Library. Dates of book sales will be advertised in the Gamlingay Gazette > Services and utilities > Gamlingay Library.
Your ideas welcome!
If you have ideas for any events or further uses of the Library, or for additional facilities you would like in the Library, please speak to the volunteers.
Background to Gamlingay Library
Following the closure of the original Gamlingay Library in June 2003, it reopened as Gamlingay Resource Centre in October 2003, with set-up costs funded by Gamlingay Parish Council, which has continued to provide ongoing financial and moral support.
South Cambridgeshire District Council awarded a £3,000 grant to purchase new shelving and other equipment and agreed to a further £1,000 for a computer, printer and scanner. Cambridgeshire Library Service provided 1,000 new fiction titles.
Gamlingay Village College and its governors were very supportive – they agreed to its continued use of the site, covered the cleaning, heating and lighting costs and refurbished it.
In October 2006, the Resource Centre was rebranded Gamlingay Library – and continues to be run by a team of local volunteers, under the leadership of a part-time staff member.
With Gamlingay Village Collage pupil numbers increasing, the school decided to reclaim the space given over to the Library, so in mid-July 2010 it was moved to the Alms Houses in Church Street, the Parish Council having failed to find an alternative – it looks upon the move as 'an interim period until the [Eco] Hub has been built'.
Gamlingay Library is one of a number of Library Access Points (LAPS) set up in Cambridgeshire in 2003, after several local libraries were closed, to provide a service for the loan of books, videos and DVDs etc, and to provide computers for general use with free access to the internet. The Library also hosts events such as the Book Club, book sales, story telling and craft days.
The use of the Cambridgeshire Library Service's 1,000 books is closely monitored. If set targets are not reached, support from the Library Service may be withdrawn.