The Ipswich Institute provides lending library facilities and an extensive programme of leisure learning courses, talks and trips to over 2,000 members.


Ipswich Institute offers a wide range of courses in a variety of subjects.

There are daytime courses for members only and evening courses open to all, with a discount for Institute members.


We offer a wide range of events including talks and trips, many of which are open to the public.

Due to Covid-19 we currently do not have any events but from the end of June 2021 there will be a selection of one-off talks, workshops and activities taking place, more information will be made available shortly.


Our library collection consists of over 8,000 items available for members to loan.

There is a strong emphasis on modern fiction, biography, literature and local history. New publications are added constantly and members’ requests are considered for purchase.

Room Hire

There are a number of rooms available for hire when not in use for the Institute’s own purposes.

In addition, our in-house team can provide catering tailored to any requirement.

Latest News

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Our summer taster session programme has been hugely popular but there are a few spaces left on the sessions between now and September. Find out

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1 week 6 days ago

Is there anything better than a pile of new books? #sundaytimesbestseller #newbooks #getreading #lovelibraries

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1 week 6 days ago

Check out our new website. We will be updating it soon with (fingers crossed) courses in September. ipswichinstitute.org.uk #newwebsite #accessibility

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1 month 1 day ago

Fancy a bit of historical mystery and murder? New to us, the whole series of Marcus Didius Falco books by #lindseydavis are now on the

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1 month 3 days ago

Look out for our new 'recommended by a member' and 'recommended by #radiosuffolk Lesley's Good Reads' bookmarks in the library this week. #bookrecommendations #lesleydolphinshow #ipswich

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1 month 1 week ago

We have two new taster sessions for members for the summer for The Alexander Technique. You can check them out here along with the rest

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1 month 2 weeks ago

Our summer programme for members is now open for bookings! Members can book online, ipswich-institute.myshopify.com/, or in person at the Library desk. Tickets are going

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1 month 4 weeks ago

There are a few spaces left on the next online philosophy course starting on the 17th of June. You can book online or in person

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2 months 1 week ago

The library and Page's Cafe are now open Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm. Why not pop in and check out all these new books! #library #books

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