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 its links within the community.

The Friends group was formed in October 2001. Since that time FOILS has become an integral part of Ipswich Libraries.

What do Friends do?

In consultation with library staff, FOILS 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, an annual High Tea, Trivia with Friends,  and the Books for Babies project.  Upcoming events will appear below, when scheduled.

High Tea with Friends

What are the benefits of becoming a Friend?

Becoming an active member of FOILS is a great way to support Ipswich Libraries and meet new friends. As a member, you will also be kept informed about current activities, events and projects by the FOILS newsletter. 

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 branches.

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 be actively involved in meetings, events and projects, or attend events as a supporting member….the choice is yours.

When do Friends meet?

The FOILS group meets on the fourth Wednesday of every second month at 4.30 pm.

How do I find out more about the Friends?

To find out more about Friends of Ipswich Libraries (FOILS):
Telephone: (07) 3810 6815 or


Search the Ipswich Libraries website or online catalogue