Kesgrave Library

Kesgrave Library


From Monday 5th July, the library is returning to its ‘Pre-Covid’ opening hours, which are: -

  • Monday 9.00 – 12.00 a.m.
  • Tuesday 9.00 – 12.00 p.m./2.30-5.00 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 2.30 – 6.00 p.m.
  • Thursday – 2.30 – 8.00 p.m.
  • Friday 9.00 – 12.00 p.m./2.30 – 6.00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10.00 – 5.00 p.m.
  • Sunday 10.00 – 3.00 p.m.

At present, we will still be limiting numbers on site; plus, the following guidelines will be in place.

Track & Trace – all customers who come into the library will be asked to either complete a Test & Trace form or to scan the library’s QR code on their phone, to log that they have been on site. All completed test and trace forms will be kept safely and destroyed after 21 days, if we are not contacted to say a customer has tested positive.

Face Masks – Please can we remind customers that it is a mandatory requirement (unless exempt), that they wear a face mask which covers their nose and mouth when collecting their requests or coming into the library. Thank you for your understanding.

Covid -19 Self-Test (Rapid Antigen Tests) – Did you know that your local library is a collection point for these tests. Please just pop along and ask staff for however many boxes you or your family require.

Word Play Sessions – These sessions returned on Wednesday 19th May at the Kesgrave Community Centre. Due to the Covid restrictions, we have reduced capacity until guidelines change. To attend, you will need to ring the library on 01473 626103 to book a place. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Story Time with Maggie – These sessions will begin again outside in the library garden from Friday 9th July at 9.45 – 10.15 a.m. Numbers are limited, so please ring to book your place 01473 626103.  

Summer Reading Challenge – The library is hoping to be able to run the reading challenge in some capacity on site this year. The theme is Wild World Heroes and is in conjunction with World Wildlife Fund. Please look out for posters detailing how you can join in the fun this year.

We look forward to seeing you all very soon. Thank you for all your continued support.

Maggie Lusher  

Kesgrave Library Manager
Tel: 01473 626103

Maggie Lusher | Executive Library Manager

Kesgrave Library

Kinsey House, Kays Close,

Kesgrave IP5 2HL 

Tel No: 01473 626103   


Further details - Device to your Door.pdf

Introduction (pre-covid)

Kesgrave Library

Normal Opening Times

  • Monday: 9.00am-noon
  • Tuesday: 9.00am-noon, 2.30pm-5.00pm
  • Wednesday: 2.30pm-6.00pm
  • Thursday: 2.30pm-8.00pm
  • Friday: 9.00am-noon, 2.30pm-6.00pm
  • Saturday: 10.00am-5.00pm
  • Sunday: 10.00am-3.00pm


Kesgrave Library, Kinsey House, Kays Close, Kesgrave IP5 2HL


Maggie Lusher

(01473) 626103


Further Details

Don't have a Library Card? If you would like a library card, please call in and speak to a member of staff. You just need to bring in some form of ID which has your name and address on it. Children can also have a card from any age but need to be with their parent/guardian at the time of signing up.

Last updated: 22 January 2020

Weekly Events

Lego Club - Every Tuesday afternoon from 3.00-4.30pm.

We now have a volunteer who will lead this activity and each week will be a different theme. What will you design? Parents must stay with under eights.

Knit and Natter - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of month from 2.30pm

£1 donation with tea, coffee and biscuits provided. New members very welcome. You don't need to knit, just pop along for a cup of tea and a natter.

BookStart Sessions — every Thursday

These are free activities for pre-school children and their parents or carers. Why not come along every Thursday for songs, rhymes and stories? If you are interested in joining please ring or speak to a member of staff.

  • Tot Rock: action rhymes, songs and stories for toddlers, 9.45-10.15am
  • BabyBounce: songs and rhymes for babies, 10.30-11am

Afternoon Book Group - one Thursday a month 2.45pm. If you are interested in joining the group, please ring or speak to a member of staff.

Evening Book Group - 2nd Thursday of month 7pm. If you are interested in joining the group, please ring or speak to a member of staff.

Story Time Sessions — every Friday 9.45-10.15am

These sessions combine stories and rhymes. All welcome. Why not pop along?

Activities are free.

Sunday Crafts

Most Sundays 10am-noon.

Activities are free. Parents must stay with under eights. There's no need to book—just turn up and have a go.

Reading Challenge

Since 2005 the library usually runs a reading challenge over the summer holidays. The first year it was called Reading Rollercoaster. The following year there is a nautical theme, where everyone who registered was given their own personal Ship’s Reading Log, packed with puzzles and challenges to complete.

Basically children of any age can join in, even the very young can take part, as mums, dads and others can help as much as they like. All they have to do is choose any book from the library, read it and talk about it when they bring it back. They will be given a sheet of stickers to go in their Reading Log for every book they read, and there is also bookmarks, fortune-tellers and activity sheets to collect along the way.

At the end of the summer holiday, those who have read six books will be given a medal and certificate at a special presentation ceremony. It runs from around 24th July to the 4th September and you can register in advance in mid July.

IT Help Sessions

Are you having trouble getting to grips with a new piece of technology? Or would you like help downloading ebooks to your e-reader?

A member of staff at the library; will be offering help sessions to all customers who would like some support using their iPads, smart phones, tablets, e-books, computers or need some general guidance using the internet.

  • Drop in IT Session - held every 3rd Monday morning once a month. Just pop along to this help session and speak to a member of staff.
  • Get Connect IT Session - held last Saturday of the month. Please contact the Library to book a place.

Kesgrave Library Community Group

Kesgrave Library Community Group supports the library with regular family events, fund-raising and clubs for all ages, with the aim of making the library an attractive area and resource to be enjoyed by all the community.

Further details

100 Club

Our community group's 100 Club is now starting its second year. For just £1 per month, you could enter and have a chance of winning a cash prize, plus knowing you are supporting your local library.

Hire the Library Outside Opening Hours

Space within library

  • Capacity: 15 people
  • Cost: £10 per hour for community/charity/private bookings, £15 per hour for commercial/statutory bookings
  • Availability: Outside library opening hours only.

To book contact the library or pop in.

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Tuesday 0900 – 1900
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Friday 0900 – 1900
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The service is free and available from most libraries.

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