Ipswich County Library

Come and visit Ipswich County Library in Northgate Street.


We’re pleased to announce you can now come inside and browse again but it’s very important that you follow these guidelines:   

Everyone must sanitise their hands before entering the library and wear a face covering Be mindful of other customers and try not to spend too long browsing

Follow the one-way system   

Be patient with staff and other customers and stick to social distancing guidelines

It is now a legal requirement for Suffolk Libraries to ask anyone entering the library to provide their details for the test and trace programme   


As of Monday 5 October Suffolk Libraries reintroduced charges for overdue items. The charges only apply to items borrowed on or after Monday 5 October.

 Please check out our new online payment facility


Printing and Photocopying Services are now available with the following guidelines:

Photocopying will be completed by staff. If you have a high volume of copying you may be asked to call back to collect it   

Where possible, please pay by card. Contactless payment is available

Please wear a face covering


Our computers are available for bookings with the following guidelines:   

Bookings are for 50 minutes only so we can sanitise equipment between appointments   

Email or call the library or speak to a member of staff to book   

One appointment per person per day   

We are initially giving priority to those with more urgent tasks such as benefit claims and job-seeking   

Please wear a face covering


As well as borrowing fiction and non-fiction books you can borrow DVDs, CDs, and board games. Explore the collection on our online catalogue

You can borrow copies of plays and music vocal scores. Larger groups, orchestras, bands, repertory companies, dramatic societies, play reading circles or individuals may wish to subscribe to the Music and Drama Library.

Your library card also gives you access to thousands of the latest eBooks, magazines, newspapers, eAudio and music.


Wedding Ceremonies

The Northgate Room is the library's most attractive and striking room. Normally used as the library's study and reference area, the room is now available to hire for weddings and other ceremonies.


Sign up for your library card here and start exploring what Ipswich County Library has to offer!


Northgate Street, , Ipswich , IP1 3DE


01473 927260


Monday 9:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 9:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 9:00 - 17:00
Thursday 9:00 - 17:00
Friday 9:00 - 17:00
Saturday 9:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00-15:00
Bank Holidays CLOSED



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Jacob Bailey