Ipswich Libraries offer a wide range of learning activities for school groups. We can tailor sessions to meet the needs of your group that can be delivered at your school or combined with an excursion to one of our Library branches.
The Library offers a great range of fun activities for early learners and primary school students, such as:
- Book talking
- Reader’s Theatre
- Story Sports
- Local History sessions
- Information on how to use the Library, and much more
Your group could also request to be a part of one of our existing library programs.
The Library provides great resources and lessons for middle school and high school students, including:
- Local History sessions
- Help with assignments
- Searching for information
- Introduction to databases
- Accessing e-books, digital magazines and music through the Library
Sessions can be tailored to your needs, and can focus on a particular assignment, subject or theme.
Thank you for your interest in the resources & services available to students and teachers through the Ipswich Libraries.
To enhance the learning experience for students it is recommended that all student groups have sufficient adult supervision. Please be aware that the duty of care resides with the teacher in charge of the group for all excursions to the library or outreach visits to schools.
Bookings are essential for all school programs, including library excursions and outreach visits.
The Study Zone is your portal to the Library’s best resources for students. The Study Zone provides links to the Library’s databases, helpful websites for assignments, study and research tips, ebooks, Yourtutor service and much more. The Study Zone encourages students to take their research a step further, to ask questions when they need help, and to use reliable online sources for their assignments.
Please note that due to licensing conditions, use of databases is restricted to individual students who are members of the Ipswich Library and are accessing the databases from home or from within a branch of the Ipswich Library. They are not to be used in the classroom.
Library membership allows students to access a wide range of online resources such as databases, Yourtutor services, digital magazines and newspapers, games, ebooks, and more. For a full list of services we can provide you and your students, see the Study Zone page.
If you would like your students to become members they can sign up online using our Membership Form. There are two types of membership to choose from:
- E-Services membership allows you to place a request in the online catalogue, and to use our digital services, including downloading e-books, audiobooks, music, movies, as well as accessing our members-only databases.
- Full membership allows you to do all of the above, plus borrow physical items from any Ipswich Libraries service point.
We suggest that students initially sign up for an e-Services membership. This gives them quick access to all of our online services, with parental permission confirmed via e-mail. An e-Services membership can be converted to a full membership at any time. A parent or guardian will need to show proof of address at any Ipswich Libraries branch to pick up the library membership card.