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Chantry Library

Chantry Library

Manager: Vicki Mann

Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich
IP2 0QY

Branch updates

  • Chantry Library will be closed on Sunday 27 October.
  • The 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 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.

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

Tuesdays, 1600-1800

Nappy Chat with Suffolk Cloth Nappies

third Sunday of the month, 1000-1100

Discuss and try out cloth nappies, wipes and other reusables for babies, toddlers, older children, toilet-training and nights.

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

Arts, crafts & games

Lego Club: for adults with additional needs

Sundays 13 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, 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

third Thursday of the month, 1400-1600

Coffee, cake and informal tips, experiences and support for anyone affected by cancer.

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

third Sunday of the month, 1000-1100

Discuss and try out cloth nappies, wipes and other reusables for babies, toddlers, older children, toilet-training and nights.

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

some Mondays - contact the library for forthcoming dates, 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