John Mackintosh Library
Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm
Monday to Friday 9am to 3:30pm
John Mackintosh Hall Library
308 Main Street
Tel: 200 78000
The library aims to be a welcoming venue that offers a friendly and varied service to the community. Located at the southern end of the Main Street it is conveniently located within the John Mackintosh Hall a cultural venue and quiet haven within the busy town area. Once inside the library you can relax in the foyer area making use of the comfortable seating where you can read the local newspapers and browse books. A separate Reference section is available for quiet study, the perfect place for students and those needing a space to work or read. The children’s section offers attractive seating for our younger members where they can enjoy the variety of books available. The library houses over 30,000 books and continues to expand with regular new titles and bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction. You can browse our full collection online.
The John Mackintosh Hall Library provides free eAudiobooks and eBooks to it’s members, via the app BorrowBox. Members can download the app on a smartphone device, latest Amazon Kindle or tablet and log in using their membership number and password. Please contact the library if you require help accessing this service.
- Children’s events
- Book club and event
- Quiet reference room for study
- Lending facility
- Dedicated children’s space with chairs and bean bags
- Audiobooks available for loan
- Exclusive area dedicated to Gibraltarian authors and local publications
- Online catalogue
- Free eAudiobooks & eBooks via BorrowBox app
Become a Member
To loan books from the library, you are required to register as a member. Gibraltar residents can register for free, providing identification and completion of a registration form. Non-residents are also welcome to become members, for a nominal fee, on the provision of identification and submission of a membership form. Membership forms can be downloaded below. As a member you can also opt in to receive e-newsletter from Gibraltar Cultural Services which provides regular updates on events, cultural news and library highlights. For a full list of Rules and Regulations CLICK HERE.
Click HERE to start receiving our e-newsletters.
Find the Library Catalogue HERE and see if there are any books which spark your interest.
As a member of the Library you can access free eBooks and eAudiobooks via BorrowBox app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Playstore.
BorrowBox has a large collection of content, across various genres for all ages. The app has a range of accessibility functions, where you can create your own reading environment by changing the theme, font size and type, read aloud functions and much more. If you are a member of the Library you can download the app and use your membership number and password to login and get started.
The library prides itself on having a dedicated space for local authors and books pertaining to Gibraltar. Recently Aidan Serra visited the library and donated his latest publications ‘Little Joyce’. The author was inspired by his late grandmother when producing ‘Little Joyce’ a series of children’s books. We welcome these latest books to the John Mackintosh Hall Library. Aidan says the books honour his late grandmother Joyce who used to tell him this story as a child. “She loved reading, so I could not think of a better way of immortalising her but to write and publish her story. “
The series follows Little Joyce searching the world for animal friends to play with, with each book based on a different location. The paperback versions are available on amazon, with the author promising more new adventures soon. https://amzn.to/3snbi46
Summer Reading Challenge 2021
This year 15 young people signed up to our annual Summer Reading Challenge. Meeting regularly throughout summer these budding readers were encouraged to read and learn through fun activities led by our volunteers. The group have shared their favourite reads and book experiences and tackled literary challenges, all whilst learning about different genres, character development and much more!
Our weekly storytelling sessions return to the library in September. Ideal for ages 2- 4. Our volunteer readers will take you on literature adventures whilst sitting comfortably on bean bag and mats in our children’s section. For more information and to book call the library on 20078000.
We have recently accepted a high volume of donated books and are also dealing with the arrival of new book arrivals; due to space and resources we will not be taking in any more book donations for the time being. Nevertheless, you will need to call and speak to the library staff before the donation of books is accepted.