Find out who manages libraries in Suffolk, what library services are available online and where you can go to learn more.

About Suffolk Libraries

Suffolk’s Libraries IPS Ltd manage all libraries in Suffolk, including mobile and prison libraries. Suffolk County Council remains the statutory library authority. It funds and monitors the performance of the public library service.

Online services

Many services are available online at the Suffolk Libraries website. For example, you can:

  • create a library account
  • search and reserve books and other items for collection at a library of your choice
  • access e-resources for research, study and leisure
  • book a computer
  • download eBooks, eAudio, online magazines and free music you can keep

To access these services and find more information about libraries in Suffolk, go to the Suffolk Libraries website. 

Needs assessment for library services in Suffolk

This needs assessment sets out the context within which the library service is delivered, including its statutory duty and the needs of Suffolk's residents, individuals who work in the county and those who are engaged in full-time education within Suffolk.

The needs assessment provides data which can be used to ensure that the library services remain relevant, sustainable, and fit for the future. The current version was updated in March 2024. 

Further information

Suffolk’s Libraries Industrial and Provident Society Limited (Suffolk Libraries) is an independent company registered as a charity. It took over the operation of Suffolk’s libraries in 2012.

To find out more about Suffolk Libraries IPS Ltd, visit their About Suffolk Libraries page.