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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

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01473 927260

help@suffolklibraries.co.uk

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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
  • Refreshments: Coffeelink café serving hot and cold drinks and snacks. Open Monday-Friday 9.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10am-4pm.
  • 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


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

Elephant standing on their front legs in a handstand pose, holding a mouse on its truck

Featherbed Tales Story Session

Wed 22 Sep 2021 , 09:00 – 10:00

Join Caroline from Featherbed Tales and learn how to create your own recorded story to share with loved ones.

Find out more

Elephant standing on their front legs in a handstand pose, holding a mouse on its truck

Featherbed Tales Story Session

Wed 22 Sep 2021 , 10:15 – 10:45

Join Caroline from Featherbed Tales and learn how to create your own recorded story to share with loved ones.

Find out more

Sammy the Sea Squirt book launch

Sat 25 Sep 2021 , 10:00 – 11:30

Join Ezra from Suffolk Mind for a special reading of Sammy the Sea Squirt.

Find out more

Regular events and activities

All events

Conversation Café

Come along to our drop-in session to practice and improve your speaking and listening English skills.

Fri 17 Sep 2021 , 10:00 – 12:00 (Every Friday) Ipswich County Library Free entry

Children's Craft Session

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

Sun 19 Sep 2021 , 10:30 – 11:30 (Every Sunday) Ipswich County Library Free entry

Lego Club

Enjoy themed lego activities suitable for ages 6+.

Sun 19 Sep 2021 , 14:15 – 15:30 (Every Sunday) 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.

Mon 20 Sep 2021 , 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 21 Sep 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 21 Sep 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 22 Sep 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 22 Sep 2021 , 10:15 – 10:45 (Every Wednesday) Ipswich County Library Free entry

Baby Bounce - gentle songs and nursery rhymes

Enjoy soft and gentle songs and rhymes with your baby.

Wed 22 Sep 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 23 Sep 2021 , 10:30 – 11:15 (Every Thursday) Ipswich County Library Free entry