Ipswich County Library


Ipswich County Library

The main entrance to Ipswich County Library

Northgate Street

Marion Harvey, manager

Accessibility information


Special collections

Opening hours

Day Hours
Monday 0900 – 1800
Tuesday 0900 – 1900
Wednesday 0900 – 1800
Thursday 0900 – 1800
Friday 0900 – 1900
Saturday 0830 – 1700
Sunday 1000 – 1600

Rooms for hire

Room hire

Lecture Hall

  • Capacity: 75 people seated in rows
  • Cost: £92.40 per session for profit making organisations, £46.20 per session for non-profit making organisations, subject to a minimum booking time of 2 hours. Note that a 50% additional charge will applied for any booking period that is outside normal library opening hours
  • Availability: Available all day, every day subject to other bookings

Space in library

  • Capacity: Various depending on part of library used
  • Cost: Negotiable with library manager depending on space required and purpose of use
  • Availability: During library opening hours

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


Regular events & activities

Event Dates Times
Chat and Chill: Group for women who speak English as an additional language Tuesday every week No sessions in August 0930-1130
Inside the lines: adult colouring group – held in the Lab Tuesday every week beginning Sept 1 1030-1130
Tot Rock: songs and action rhymes for toddlers (term time only) – drop-in Wednesday every week 0945-1015, 1100-1130
Special guests and craft sessions: for children aged 4 years and up Wednesday every week 1000-1130
Coffee morning: 50p for biscuits and refreshments Wednesday every week 1030-1200
Open space: drop in for health info and chats Wednesday every week 1300-1500
BooksFizz Reading Group: 50p for hot drinks and biscuits last Wednesday of the month 1400-1500
Baby bounce: soothing songs and gentle nursery rhymes for babies (term time only) Wednesday every week 1415-1445
Chat and Chill: Group for women who speak English as an additional language Thursday every week 1000-1200
Deaf job club: held on the first floor fourth Thursday of the month 1000-1400
Play, rhyme and storytime: Activities for young children (term time only) Thursday every week 1030-1115
Top Time: events and activities for older people Thursday every week 1430-1600
Random Readers: Children’s book group second Thursday of the month 1545-1645
New Age Kurling Friday every week 1000-1300
Internet training sessions for beginners: book in advance Friday every week 1500-1530, 1530-1600
Craft fair: book a stall in advance Saturday every 2 weeks All day
Craft activities: for all ages Sunday every week 1030-1130
Storytime: stories for children Sunday every week 1130-1200
Internet training sessions for beginners: book in advance Sunday every week 1400-1430, 1430-1500

Special events

Date/Time Event
Tue 04/08/2015 - Tue 01/09/2015
All Day
Summer Book Sale
Ipswich County Library, Ipswich
Fri 04/09/2015
Art exhibition: Mary Crehan
Ipswich County Library, Ipswich
Sat 05/09/2015
All Day
Certificate Ceremony for Summer Reading Challenge
Ipswich County Library, Ipswich
Wed 09/09/2015
09:00 - 11:00
HR and Training advice: free drop-in session with Michael Coe from Dimension Eighty Eight
Ipswich County Library, Ipswich
Sat 07/11/2015
19:30 - 23:00
Gig in the library: Police Dog Hogan with support from Honey and the Bear
Ipswich County Library, Ipswich