Join the library
You can join online or come into a library: we may ask for a document with your address. You don't have to live in Gateshead to be a member. Membership is free and for any age.
Your new card will have a barcode number which is your username and you will also have a PIN. This will let you borrow up to 20 books when you visit the library. You can also use it for Ring and Read to collect at the library entrance, and to use computer facilties in the library.
You can use BorrowBox for up to 10 eBooks and 6 eAudiobooks at a time.
- BorrowBox can be downloaded free of charge from your app store
- BorrowBox has over 900 eAudiobooks and over 3600 eBooks for you to read. We are adding new titles every week.
- We have books for all ages and interests.
- You can borrow up to 10 eBooks and 6 eAudiobooks free of charge for 3 weeks.
- There are no fines: books are returned automatically at the end of your loan period.
- Once you've finished reading a book, you can return it before the end of the 3 weeks.
- You can renew your eBook or eAudiobook twice. You will be prompted to do this.
- You may be disappointed that the book you want to read is currently on loan. However, you can reserve the title and you will get it on the date that the book is due to be returned. You may even receive the book earlier if it's returned before the due date.
- There is heavy demand, so please borrow only what you will use and return items as soon as you're finished with them.