What are Friends?

Friends of Ipswich Libraries (FOILS) is a group of enthusiastic library supporters who are interested in promoting and enhancing Ipswich Libraries and strengthening the its links with the community.

The Friends group was formed in October 2001. It is now more than 100 members strong and still growing. The patron is Ipswich born, influential poet and novelist, Thomas Shapcott.

What do Friends do?

In consultation with Library staff, ‘Friends’ organise community based events and activities that help promote Ipswich Libraries and enrich the cultural life of the community. Some popular events include Lunch in the Library, High Tea with Friends, Trivia Night, the Books for Babies project and book sales.

High Tea with Friends

What are the benefits of becoming a Friend?

Becoming an active member of FOILS is a great way to support the Library and meet new friends. As a member, you will also be kept informed about current activities, events and projects by the Friends’ newsletter. Phone 3810 6111 for more information.

How do I become a Friend?

Membership is open to everyone over the age of 18. To join, simply complete a Membership Application Form and return this, along with the annual membership fee, to any Ipswich Libraries branch. Download a Membership Application form or pick one up at any of our libraries.

Annual fees, which are due 1 January, are:

  • Single:                  $5.00
  • Family:                 $10.00
  • Corporate:            $55.00

Your contribution to the group will be much appreciated and we are always keen to accept fresh ideas and willing help from our new members.  Whether you wish to participate as an active member in the organisation and running of events  and projects, or as a supporting member, attending events and offering encouragement, is your choice to make.

When do Friends meet?

The Friends group meets at 5:00pm on the fourth Wednesday of each month in Study Room 2 on Level 1 of the Ipswich Central Library, 40 South Street, Ipswich.

How do I find out more about the Friends?

To find out more about Friends of Ipswich Libraries (FOILS):
Telephone: (07) 3810 6111 or


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