Some redecoration has already taken place on the on the second floor of the library which is being transformed into an enterprise and innovation hub to support local business.
Building work on the second floor is due to start on Monday (23 March) and over the next four weeks some intermittent noise may be audible from the Old Foundry Room and reference library on the first floor, as cabling and other essential work takes place. Some of the contractors may also need to access the first floor for very short periods but everything is being done to keep any disruption to public areas to a minimum. Suffolk Libraries apologises for any inconvenience to customers throughout this work and all library services will be maintained whilst it takes place.
The steps leading up to the front entrance of the library are also due to be replaced soon with some other minor improvements to the front entrance being carried out. The date for this work has not been confirmed but the front entrance is likely to be out of action for about a week. Customers will be redirected to the side entrance to the library which is accessible via Old Foundry Road. As the library is a listed building the work is being carried out by specialist stonemasons.
The second floor of the library used to house the library’s arts collection and music and drama service. This is now available on the ground floor of the library. The new enterprise and innovation hub is due to be opened in early May. The space is being redeveloped by Suffolk Libraries with support from the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, the New Anglia Growth Hub and Eastern Enterprise Hub. It will offer a diverse programme of events and activities to support creative entrepreneurs and business owners in the heart of Ipswich along with hireable space and facilities.