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Leiston Town Council advisory group

A collage of colourful images from Leiston Library: a magician performing for some children, a boy lying beside a Lego building, a basket of Divine chocolate bars and a boy posing with a Dennis the Menace Aunt Sally board

Our aims

  • Promote Leiston Library to ensure it continues to be relevant and central to the community
  • Encourage and enable the library to widen provision of services to the community
  • Support the library staff in their endeavours to deliver an excellent library service
  • Encourage the community to engage with the library and use its facilities especially younger members
  • Contribute to Suffolk Libraries’ initiatives and development

Who we are

  • Chairman: Sheila Fox
  • Secretary: Sue Liddell
  • Treasurer: John Rayner
  • Phil Harle
  • Bill Howard
  • Chris Laschet
  • Robin Saville
  • Mary Wylie
  • Ex officio library manager: Gayla Rowling

We would like to encourage more young people to join the committee. If you are interested please contact the secretary on

Contact us

  • Tel: 01728 831252
  • Email:

What we do

​We are a voluntary advisory committee of Leiston Town Council who meet quarterly, to oversee the running of Leiston Library on their behalf. Leiston Town Council is a member of the IPS (Suffolk Libraries).

Leiston Library garden

Leiston Library garden

Leiston Library interior

Leiston Library interior

The library was redecorated in 2015 and is a warm and welcoming place to be. It also supports the town's Fair Trade status, selling Fair Trade hot drinks and chocolate, making it a lovely place to spend time.

This has all been made possible by generous grants from:

  • Leiston and Sizewell Communities Fund
  • Enabling Communities Fund
  • Leiston Town Council who, as well as giving a grant, support us in so many ways
  • Westleton, Knodishall and Aldringham, Theberton and Eastbridge Parish Councils


Library staff, volunteers and the advisory group have been fundraising for the library and have generated funds from Waitrose, craft sales and shortly cards and stamps.

Future Plans

The future looks bright for our library and we are confident that we will continue to provide an exciting, reliable, relevant and progressive library service to Leiston and its surrounding villages.