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Libraries and the Coronavirus
Libraries are providing a Ring and Read service: for more information go to the 'Find a Book' section. You can also borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks at Due to the covid-19 crisis, libraries currently remain closed.

Ring and Read

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Ring and Read 2Our libraries may not be open for browsing but you can still borrow books. 

All you need to do is fill in our online form or ring one of the libraries listed below and tell us about the sort of books you like to read. We will choose some books for you and let you know when you can collect them. We are happy to choose books for each member of your family too - if you have children we will supply age appropriate titles for them. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept requests for specific titles at this stage.

If you are shielding at home you may request a doorstep delivery in exactly the same way. From Saturday 8th August, please wear a face covering when collecting your books.

Send us your request

You can choose to collect your books from any of the libraries listed below. Library books may also be returned from this date and there are no fines to pay. Remember to have your library ticket to hand when you ring or fill in the form!

Council operated libraries
LibraryOpening timesPhone
Gateshead Central LibraryMonday to Thursday, 10am to 3pm0191 433 8410 or 0191 433 8411
BlaydonMonday to Thursday, 10am to 3pm0191 433 6201
BirtleyMonday to Thursday, 10am to 3pm0191 433 6101
ChopwellMonday and Tuesday, 10am to 2pm01207 561379
CrawcrookMonday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 3pm0191 413 8164
Leam LaneMonday to Thursday, 10am to 3pm0191 433 6428
PelawMonday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 3pm0191 433 6409

At this time we are not able to offer Ring and Read from Wrekenton Library.

Volunteer operated libraries
LibraryOpening timesPhone
DunstonFrom Monday 27 July
Monday to Friday 10am to 12noon
0191 433 5690
Low FellMonday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 12noon and 2 to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 12noon
0191 433 6408
Rowlands GillMonday to Saturday, 10am to 12noon01207 542372
WhickhamMonday to Saturday, 10am to 12noon0191 433 6424
WinlatonMonday and Friday, 10am to 2pm0191 433 6418

Please note: you must call the specific volunteer library that you are a member of for assistance. 

Gateshead Libraries

Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN
0191 433 8410

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