Grimsby Library at 50

Grimsby Central Library is celebrating its 50th anniversary in style on Tuesday 9th October from 9.30am to 2pm.

The anniversary, which coincides with National Libraries Week, will see ex-members of staff come together with current staff and library users to celebrate half a century of serving the local community.

Derek O’Connell, Development Manager for Lincs Inspire Libraries, said: “Grimsby Library has been an iconic building in the centre of the town since it opened in the 1960s, everyone being familiar with the Guardians of Knowledge on the front of the building, so we are proud to be celebrating the 50th birthday of both the building and the library service in National Libraries Week.”

On the day there will also be a Shake, Rattle and Read session from 9.30am to 10.30am. The session is for pre-school children and is packed full of stories, songs, music and movement!

From 10am to 12 noon, there will be the opportunity to get creative with a Crafts and a Cuppa session. No experience is needed and all materials will be provided.

Members of Lincs Inspire’s Health and Wellbeing team will be in the foyer of the library on the day along with NHS Library service staff who will also have a stand.

There will be a display in the foyer charting the history of the public library service in Grimsby and focussing on the Grimsby Library building.

Grimsby Library is home to a wide range of resources:

  • Books and films to borrow
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines
  • 24/7 digital Reference Library
  • Internet and computer access
  • Free public Wi-Fi
  • IT support and taster sessions
  • CV support sessions
  • Unique collection of local history resources
  • Local and family history research and advice sessions
  • Study space and resources for study and learning
  • Reading initiatives for adults and children
  • Arts and cultural activities for all ages
  • Fun activities for the under-fives

The Library Service in Grimsby dates back to 1901 when the County Borough took over the stock of the Mechanics Institute which opened in 1835.

The current building was officially opened by Anthony Crosland on 13th September 1968 – there is a wooden panel in the foyer with gold lettering commemorating this. The foundation stone was laid earlier and that is in an engraved panel in the outside entrance near the steps.

Grimsby Library is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 8:30am to 5:30pm and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm and closed on Monday and Sundays.