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Ipswich County Library

Opening times

Monday 0900 - 1800
Tuesday 0900 - 1900
Wednesday 0900 - 1800
Thursday 0900 - 1800
Friday 0900 - 1900
Saturday 0830 - 1700
Sunday 1000 - 1600

Out-of-hours book return available

Contact

Manager: Charmain Osborne

Northgate Street, Ipswich
IP1 3DE

Find us on Google Maps

01473 927260

help@suffolklibraries.co.uk

Branch facilities

  • Customer toilet
  • Refreshments: CoffeeLink open 10AM - 3PM, Monday to Friday
  • Payments: cash, cheques and cards accepted
  • Accessibility information on accessable.co.uk
  • Display space: Double sided display case available for hire - please book 2 weeks in advance
  • Which? Available online and in print
  • Free sanitary products available

Room and venue hire

The Hub

Max 60 people

Modern, spacious meeting and presentation spaces in the heart of Ipswich.

Find out about The Hub.

Wolsey room in The Hub
Break out area
Chaucer room in The Hub

Ceremonies in the Northgate Room

Hire the beautiful Northgate Room on the first floor of Ipswich County Library for weddings, naming ceremonies, renewal of vows, commitment ceremonies or civil partnerships.

Find out about hiring the Northgate Room.

The Northgate Room
Wedding ceremony area
A wedding in the Northgate Room

Lecture Hall

Max 75 people
  • Capacity: 40 people for meetings, 75 people in rows
  • Refreshment facilities and onsite cafe
  • Nearby public carpark
  • Flip chart and projector available on request
  • Availability: All day subject to other bookings

Cost: £18 per hour for community/charity/private bookings, £24 per hour for commercial/statutory bookings

Space within library

Max 150 people
  • Capacity: Various (depending on part of library and format) but potentially up to 150 people in rows
  • Availability: Outside library opening hours only, subject to other bookings

Cost: Negotiable with library manager depending on space required and purpose of use

Other information

  • Bookings are for a minimum of 2 hours
  • 12.5% discount for bookings of 8 sessions or more - upfront payment applies
  • Bookings outside of library opening hours may attract an additional charge to cover staff costs
  • No parking available but plenty of public car parking available nearby

Events and activities at Ipswich County Library

Upcoming special events

Code Creatures

Sat 28 May 2022 , 13:00 – 16:00 Ipswich County Library Free entry

Get involved with fun digital and coding activities for children aged 3-11 at our Code Creatures session.

Find out more

Regular events and activities

All events

Chat & Chill - ladies conversation group

Share your experiences in this multi-cultural meet-up and practise your English in a comfortable and friendly environment.

Mon 23 May 2022 , 10:00 – 11:30 ( Every Monday & Wednesday) Ipswich County Library Free entry

Inside the Lines

Enjoy a fun, relaxing adult colouring session with friendly chat and laughter.

Tue 24 May 2022 , 10:30 – 11:30 ( Every Tuesday) Ipswich County Library Free entry

Sporting memories

Relive your favourite sporting memories and make new friends with quizzes, games and gentle activities in-between!

Tue 24 May 2022 , 14:15 – 15:45 ( Every Tuesday) Ipswich County Library Free entry

Chat & Chill - ladies conversation group

Share your experiences in this multi-cultural meet-up and practise your English in a comfortable and friendly environment.

Wed 25 May 2022 , 10:00 – 11:30 ( Every Monday & Wednesday) Ipswich County Library Free entry

Tot Rock - active songs and rhymes for preschool children

Join us for a fun session of active songs and rhymes for toddlers.

Wed 25 May 2022 , 10:15 – 10:45 ( Every Wednesday) Ipswich County Library Free entry

Open Space - wellbeing drop-in group (Ipswich group)

Open Space drop-ins are informal meet-ups for anybody interested in their mental health and wellbeing, as well as their families and carers.

Wed 25 May 2022 , 13:00 – 15:00 ( Every Wednesday) Ipswich County Library Free entry

BooksFizz Reading Group

Join our adult reading group to talk about our book of the month and meet other book-lovers.

Wed 25 May 2022 , 14:00 – 15:00 ( Last Wednesday of the month) Ipswich County Library Free entry

Baby Bounce - gentle songs and nursery rhymes

Enjoy soft and gentle songs and rhymes with your baby.

Wed 25 May 2022 , 14:15 – 14:45 ( Every Wednesday) Ipswich County Library Free entry

Barclays drop-in advice session

Barclays Bank will be offering a weekly advice session.

Thu 26 May 2022 , 10:00 – 16:00 ( Every Thursday) Ipswich County Library Free entry

Play Rhyme & Storytime

Fun for the little ones with a story, simple craft, toys and song. Suitable for toddlers 18+ months.

Thu 26 May 2022 , 10:30 – 11:15 ( Every Thursday) Ipswich County Library Free entry