We reach thousands of Suffolk people every year, through events, pre-school activities, wellbeing drop-ins, arts residencies and by simply providing a safe, non-judgemental place to be. And we lend physical and digital books – millions of them every year.
Why we need your support
We’re a charity that provides all of Suffolk’s library services. We’re funded by, but independent from, Suffolk County Council, and we make life better for thousands of Suffolk’s residents.
We haven’t closed any libraries since taking over their control in 2012. In fact, we now reach thousands more people every year, through events, pre-school activities, wellbeing drop-ins, arts residencies and by simply providing a safe, non-judgemental place to be.
And we lend physical and digital books – millions of them every year.
Suffolk County Council provides most of our funding. However, our budget is more than a third less than in 2012, and the Council continues to face cuts from central government.
We make life in Suffolk better and you can help us carry on our work by donating.
Understanding how we make life better: Suffolk Libraries in numbers
Total number of events and activities organised by Suffolk Libraries over a year
See what’s on
Average number of attendees at sessions designed to prevent social isolation among over-55s, every week
Find an event for older people
Average number of attendees at events and activities for pre-school children, every week
Find a pre-school event
Average number of attendees at events and activities designed to help health and wellbeing, every week
Find a health & wellbeing event
Number of people receiving Home Library Service/Outreach services on average, every quarter
Find out about home deliveries
Number of children registered as library users in Suffolk, 75% of the population
Get children’s recommendations
Issues across all formats (books, eBooks, eAudio, music streaming etc.), up 2.5% on previous year
Library reading groups
Join a group
Number of people Suffolk Libraries got online through digital training sessions, over a year
Find a training course
Number of free internet devices available across 44 sites
Use a library PC
Suffolk Libraries Website
Number of online reservations and renewals over a year
Use the catalogue
(All data for 2018-19)
Understanding how we make life better: Library stories
Whether it’s through connecting older people with each other over a tea and a chat, providing free high speed broadband and work spaces for study and business, or by helping you discover a great read, we improve the lives of thousands of Suffolk people.
I found the library when I was at a low place, my confidence was low… thanks to Chantry Library providing a safe space and helping me feel strong again, I was able to apply for a seasonal job.
My 8 year old is autistic, so he reads a lot and quickly. My son loves to go through the books. There are always themed books on display and if I want to get the kids out, it’s a nice walk... My family has also used the library at times to look for work and my mum uses the computers and the printing services. It’s a space for everybody — Sarelle Payne, Woodbridge Library customer
Growing up, it felt like the only way for the economically disadvantaged to get educated. You could get a book on history or politics… I bring my grandchildren here and we’ll all choose some books together. I will come in sometimes just to have a look and speak to the staff here. It’s a good place to come in and have a chat. — Dennis Stevens, Stowmarket Library customer