Kesgrave Library

Kesgrave Library


Kesgrave Library reopens on Tuesday 16th February, offering our Select and Collect service by appointment.

Select & Collect – This service is open to any age group and has proved very popular. Staff select a variety of books for customers, based on the information you give us about the types of books and authors that you like to read. Staff can also reserve in any items for you if they are not available at Kesgrave.

The Select & Collect service can be accessed in the following ways: a form is available on the Suffolk Libraries website, which once completed is submitted to Kesgrave Library. Staff will then ring customers to book in an appointment to collect their requested items. For customers who would like to contact the library directly, please ring us on 01473 626103 during our opening hours or email

Reservation System - Customers are now able to place reservations again on the Suffolk Libraries website. This is a free service and enables you to order up to 25 items at any time. To place a reservation, you will need your long library card number and your pin number. You will also be asked which library you would like your items delivered to. Once they arrive, you will be notified. Please ring or email to book an appointment for collection.

Device to your door - laptop service - see poster and attached pamphlet below.


Our opening hours are:


Tuesday 10.00 - 1.00 p.m./2.00 - 5.00 p.m.

Wednesday 2.00 - 5.00 p.m.

Thursday 2.00 - 5.00 p.m.

Friday 10.00 - 1.00 p.m./2.00 - 5.00 p.m.

Saturday 10.00 - 1.00 p.m.


Facebook - Staff will also continue to post information and activities on the Kesgrave Library Facebook page. Please ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ our page for up-to-date information.

Face Masks – When arriving to collect your items, staff will place them on a table in the foyer and open the main doors. Please can we remind customers that it is a mandatory requirement that they wear a face mask which covers their nose and mouth when collecting their requests. Thank you for your understanding.

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


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.

Other Libraries and Services

Ipswich County Library

Northgate Street

01473 263810

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

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Download and stream eBooks, eAudio, MP3s and magazines for free using your library card -

Home Library Service

If health or mobility issues are preventing you getting to a branch or mobile library, volunteers from Suffolk Libraries home library service may be able to help.

The service is free and available from most libraries.

Volunteers will visit you in your own home, help you decide which books will interest you and order books from the library for you. They will collect the books from the library and deliver them to your door.   If you would like to receive this service, please contact your local library or email

Become a volunteer - Our volunteers work with library staff to regularly visit customers, providing social interaction and delivering library stock. The minimum volunteers contribute is a morning or afternoon each month. They need access to a car, driving themselves or pairing up with another volunteer. For more information, contact

Mobile Library- Nearby

The mobile library stops at Blacdkown Avenue, Rusmere St Andrew every Thursday 0935-1005 - click <here> for more details.

Further details of Mobile Library routes can be found at