The Aldeburgh Library Foundation (the Foundation) was formed in August 2012 as a limited Company, by a Town Steering Group set up in response to the threat of widespread library closures. The Foundation was registered as a Charity (# 1150450) in January 2013. The Friends of Aldeburgh Library elect its Board of Trustees - see FOAL page for details.

Charity Trustee Board:

David Grugeon    (Chair)
Robin Boyd          (Treasurer)
Jonathan Hodrien (Courses & Events)
Celia Allaby
Annique Batters
Marianne Fellowes
Ann Wills

Ex Officio

Sue Osben          (Library Manager)
Abi Hassett         (Administrator)


Contact us

If you wish to contact us or join or amend our mailing list please use the online email form reached via the button below 

Welcome to the Foundation's new website 


Aldeburgh Library Foundation, a registered charitable company, runs courses & talks and raises money to support the Library as well as activities for the community in Aldeburgh.

The Library in Aldeburgh is located at the Triangle Wood Green on Victoria Road, IP15 5EG and is run by Suffolk Libraries, an Industrial and Provident Society.​ ​
​Opening hours    
Monday to Friday  9:00  -  1:00pm

                        ( Wed close 6:00pm )
Saturday              10:00  - 3:00pm
Sunday                 10:00  - 1:00pm  

 To go to the Aldeburgh Library website click here.

Autumn Timetable for Courses & Talks

The Foundation’s courses have proved resilient and a successful online hub for many in our community. Now it is September we are starting the new Autumn Term with 25 talks and courses offered online and, hurrah, in the Library.


View the one page summary here 

More details may be found on the                         page,


where you can register your interest and book directly or by printing a form. The counter at the Library also has information.

Try sampling a course session ?

If you are unsure or want to bring a friend you may dip in for a small fee. Contact Abi at foalaldeburgh@gmail.com.


We are also expanding our use of pilot sessions that offer a chance to meet new tutors and their course subjects:


Film Forum with Lucy Walker

Monday 13 December - By Zoom - 6.30pm-8pm - free

Music Colloquia - Mahler's Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Thursday 9 December - Library - 6.30pm - 8pm. £9 fee.

Please use this link to book  https://forms.gle/5KXfE6FaijGE63VcA


Policy Approach

The Foundation’s policy approach has been to:

  • Encourage, promote and support the development of a thriving knowledge hub at the heart of the Aldeburgh community for the benefit of the whole community, in which reading, learning and sharing knowledge can help to shape future well-being.

    • ALF runs a thriving local adult education activity with courses and talks mostly in the Library

  • provide a welcoming, accessible environment where social inclusion and community development can safely prosper in response to changing demographics, and socio-economic and educational needs of the people in the area of benefit.

    • ALF has raised over £120,000 to refurbish the Library and facilities including a children's area and better access.


  • build partnerships of shared interest between public, private and voluntary sectors at the heart of the Aldeburgh community.

    • ALF funds extra hours for Library staff to run community and voluntary activities in the building.



  The Foundation’s charitable objectives are:

  • To advance the education of the general public in Aldeburgh, Suffolk and the surrounding area, in particular but not exclusively by the provision of a lending library.


  • To further or benefit the residents of Aldeburgh, Suffolk and the neighbourhood, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious or other opinions by associating together the said residents and the local authorities, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation leisure time occupation with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents.