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Ipswich County Library

The coffee shop at the library is currently closed. The next nearest CoffeeLink in on the Waterfront.

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


Manager: Charmain Osborne

Northgate Street, Ipswich

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01473 927260

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Friends of Ipswich County Library

Volunteer and support your library by organising events, activities and initiatives to raise money. Contact the library manager for more information.

Branch facilities

  • Customer toilet
  • Payments: cash, cheques and cards accepted
  • Accessibility information on
  • 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

UKVCAS (Visa) Appointments

This service is no longer available from Ipswich County Library.

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
  • Availability: All day subject to other bookings. Bookings outside library opening hours may attract an additional charge to cover staffing cost.

Cost: £15 per hour for community/charity/private bookings, £22.50 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

  • Refreshment making facilities available by prior arrangement for an additional charge
  • No parking available but plenty of public car parking available nearby
  • Flip chart, projector and whiteboard available by prior arrangement for an additional charge

Events and activities at Ipswich County Library

Upcoming special events

All special events

Book launch with Suffolk's youngest author Tianna Okechukwu

Sat 23 Oct 2021 , 10:00 – 11:00

Join Suffolk's youngest author Tianna Okechukwu for this special book launch event.

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Little Beats - music and stories for preschool children

Wed 27 Oct 2021 , 14:15 – 14:45

Bring your little ones and join us for music, stories and rhymes.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Fri 29 Oct 2021 , 18:30 – 22:00

Join us for a screening of the classic film 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'.

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Code Creatures

Sat 30 Oct 2021 , 13:00 – 16:00

Join us for a fun afternoon of digital and coding activities.

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Movies and Makes - Hocus Pocus

Sun 31 Oct 2021 , 12:30 – 15:30

Bring the whole family for this fun event with crafts and a film!

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Live Demo of Lost Words: Beyond the Page with Sketchbook Games

Tue 9 Nov 2021 , 16:00 – 17:00

Join Sketchbook Games for a live game demo of their new title Lost Words: Beyond the Page - a story telling puzzle game set in both a fantasy world and in the journal pages of a little girl.

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Getting into the Games Industry Talk by Mark Backler of Sketchbook Games

Tue 9 Nov 2021 , 17:30 – 18:30

Meet and talk with an experienced and local games developer Mark Backler from Sketchbook Games about how to get into the games industry.

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Dice and player tokens on a gaming board.

Board games for adults

Wed 10 Nov 2021 , 16:00 – 21:00

Come along to an afternoon of playing the best party board games for adults.

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A person holds four Pokemon cards in their hands.

Pokemon retro gaming and cards with Bring Back Retro

Thu 11 Nov 2021 , 12:00 – 14:00

Join Bring Back Retro for an afternoon of old-school Pokemon games.

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A table covered with dice and player character figurines.

Dungeons & Dragons for beginners and experienced players

Fri 12 Nov 2021 , 16:30 – 18:45

Come along to take part this Dungeons and Dragons event, open to all.

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It's a Wonderful Life film screening

Tue 14 Dec 2021 , 17:00 – 19:30

Join us for a screening of the classic film 'It's a Wonderful Life'.

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Regular events and activities

All events

Children's Craft Session

Take your children to these sessions of simple and fun crafts for ages 3 and up.

Sun 24 Oct 2021 , 10:30 – 11:30 (Every Sunday) Ipswich County Library Free entry

Lego Club

Enjoy themed lego activities suitable for ages 6+.

Sun 24 Oct 2021 , 14:15 – 15:30 (Every Sunday) Ipswich County Library Free entry

Inside the Lines

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

Tue 26 Oct 2021 , 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 26 Oct 2021 , 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 27 Oct 2021 , 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 27 Oct 2021 , 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 27 Oct 2021 , 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 27 Oct 2021 , 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 27 Oct 2021 , 14:15 – 14:45 (Every Wednesday) 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 28 Oct 2021 , 10:30 – 11:15 (Every Thursday) Ipswich County Library Free entry