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Chantry Library

Chantry Library

Manager: Vicki Mann

Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich
IP2 0QY

Branch updates

Chantry Library is looking to provide resources for home educators, but need to know what you need! Email helen.armitage@suffolk.gov.uk to share your ideas.

Opening hours

Day Hours
Monday 1400 – 1700
Tuesday 1000 – 1300, 1400 – 1800
Wednesday 1000 – 1300
Thursday 1000 – 1300, 1400 – 1800
Friday 1000 – 1300, 1400 – 1700
Saturday 0930 – 1300, 1400 – 1700
Sunday 1000 - 1600

Branch facilities

  • Accessibility information
  • Payments: cash, cheques and cards accepted
  • Parking: available
  • Out-of-hours book return available
  • Customer toilet
  • Free sanitary products available
  • Display space: Glass display cabinet available for hire in whole or part
  • Which? available - ask staff for magazine or to log in
  • Also available: Foodbank collection point throughout the year

IT and printing facilities

Regular events and activities

Children's events

Craft activities for children

Saturday and Sunday, 1000-1600

Lego Club

Sundays 18 Aug, 15 Sep, 20 Oct, 17 Nov, 1100-1200

Contact the library for more details.

Little Kickers: football sessions for under-5s

Thursday, 1015-1115 and 1115-1145

Learn high quality football skills in a friendly, pressure-free environment. £1 suggested donation. Contact the library to book. Last session before summer holidays 18 July, resumes 5 September.

Free messy church with Ipswich Methodist Church: arts and crafts for all ages

Tuesdays from 10 September, 1600-1800

Nappy Chat with Suffolk Cloth Nappies

some Mondays, 1000-1100

Discuss and try out cloth nappies, wipes and other reusables for babies, toddlers, older children, toilet-training and nights. Forthcoming dates: 8 July, 19 August

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge: quiet session

Wednesdays from 24 July, 1300-1430

Sign up, talk to a volunteer about your latest read, borrow your next book and collect rewards while the library is otherwise closed.

Summer Reading Challenge

all library opening days from 20 July., opening hours

Sign up, talk to a volunteer about your latest read, borrow your next book and collect rewards.

Older people's events

The Forget-Me-Not Café: a safe, friendly environment for people with dementia and their family. friends and carers

first Friday of the month, 1030-1200

£1 for a drink and a biscuit.

Lively Libraries indoor sports

Thursday, 1800-1930

Top Time: events and activities for older people

Wednesday, 1030-1200

Reading groups

Chantry Journeys reading group: new members welcome

first Thursday of the month, 1800-1930

Books available to collect from the library four weeks before next meeting.

Pinewood and Chantry reading group

second Thursday of the month, 1430-1530

Language courses

English language café

Friday, 1430-1530

Chat and games to help you improve your spoken English. A different theme each week. No pressure or tests!

Arts, crafts & games

Knitting, crochet and craft group

Sunday, 1500-1600

Bring your current project to the library and make new friends.

Lego Club: for adults with additional needs

Sundays 18 Aug, 15 Sep, 20 Oct, 17 Nov, 1300-1400

Contact the library for more details.

Free messy church with Ipswich Methodist Church: arts and crafts for all ages

Tuesdays from 10 September, 1600-1800

Scrabble or Rummikub

Friday, 1030-1230

Nextdoor Scrabblers group

Monday, 1400-1600

All are welcome to our new Scrabble group, just turn up.

Health & wellbeing events

C³: Coffee, Cake and Cancer support

one Monday a month - contact the library for future dates, 0930-1100

Coffee, cake and informal chat for anyone affected by cancer when the library is otherwise closed.

Give it a Go: new age kurling, boccia and table tennis

Thursday, 1800-1930

Health walk

first Sunday of the month, 1330-1600

Meet outside the library. Programme available from the library or on our Facebook page.

Nappy Chat with Suffolk Cloth Nappies

some Mondays, 1000-1100

Discuss and try out cloth nappies, wipes and other reusables for babies, toddlers, older children, toilet-training and nights. Forthcoming dates: 8 July, 19 August

Read and Feed: breastfeeding support drop-in

first Monday of the month, 0930-1130

Councillor surgeries & professional advice

Homegroup: drop in to the Children's Centre for support with housing issues

Mondays 22 July, 5 Aug, 19 Aug, 2 Sep, 1300-1500

Free, confidential support for anyone aged 16+. Includes money, budgeting and debt advice, help accessing community and social networks and housing application systems, and information about keeping and managing your home to benefit your health and wellbeing.

Upcoming special events