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

Once again, Ipswich Institute is taking part in the Heritage Open Day, sponsored by the National Trust. It is a chance for members and non-members to explore the rich cultural heritage of Ipswich and our Institute, discover our offer and more. 

Our trustees will be here on the day to give you and your guests an exclusive tour of the Admiral’s House, share little known trivia and answer any questions and queries.

Pages Cafe will be open on the day as well. 

Entry is free (no booking required) and we welcome you on Saturday 18th September 2021, 9AM – 4PM.

Fore more information please visit: www.heritageopendays.org.uk/ipswich-institute

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TODAY's the big day! It's free to roam around and discover your local historical and heritage institutions during Heritage Open Days sponsored by National Trust

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5 days 7 hours ago

Only 3 days left until the biggest heritage festival this year. Bring your family and friends and discover your local history together. All ages welcome

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1 week 10 hours ago

Only 6 days left! Discover your town's rich history during the biggest heritage festival in the UK - #ipswichinstitute has it all. We look forward

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1 week 6 days ago

Get creative, musical, crafty or try something new. There are still places available on some of our Day Courses 👇 You can book your place

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2 weeks 7 hours ago

Have you ever walked past the blue door hidden between the shops on Tavern Street in Ipswich and wondered what was behind it? Now is

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1 month 2 days ago

The library will be open again on Saturdays from 21st August and Page's Cafe from 18th September. We look forward to welcoming our members 6

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1 month 3 weeks ago

Only 53 years overdue this copy of Rupert Brooke's 1914 and Other Poems is now back on the shelf. (Our fines are still suspended by

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2 months 6 days ago

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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2 months 1 week ago

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

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2 months 1 week 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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