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Ring and Read

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Ring and Read 2You can use our Ring and Read service to borrow books without having to enter the library. 

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. You can reserve titles that we have in stock or titles that are on order. However, it may take a little longer than usual to get those books to you. You can only reserve books in person at your local library or by telephoning your local library.

If you are shielding at home you may request a doorstep delivery in exactly the same way. 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 and there are no fines to pay. Remember to have your library ticket to hand when you ring or fill in the form. 

Ring and Read opening times

Council operated libraries
LibraryOpening times for Ring and ReadPhone
Gateshead Central Library

Monday to Thursday, 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm
Saturday, 10am to 1pm
Closed Friday and Sunday

0191 433 8410 or 0191 433 8411
BlaydonMonday to Thursday, 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm
Saturday, 10am to 1pm
Closed Friday and Sunday
0191 433 6201
BirtleyMonday to Thursday, 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm
Saturday, 10am to 1pm
Closed Friday and Sunday
0191 433 6101
ChopwellMonday and Tuesday, 10am to 4pm
Closed Wednesday to Sunday
01207 561379
CrawcrookMonday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm
Saturday, 10am to 1pm
Closed Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
0191 413 8164
Leam LaneMonday to Thursday, 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm
Closed Friday to Sunday
0191 433 6428
PelawMonday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm
Saturday, 10am to 1pm
Closed Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
0191 433 6409

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

Volunteer operated libraries
LibraryOpening times for Ring and ReadPhone
DunstonMonday to Friday, 10am to 1pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday
0191 433 5690
Low FellMonday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10am to 1pm and 2 to 5pm
Wednesday: 10am to 1pm
Saturday: 10am to 12.30pm
Closed Sunday
0191 433 6408
Rowlands GillMonday to Saturday, 10am to 12noon
Closed Sunday
01207 542372
WhickhamMonday to Saturday, 10am to 12noon
Closed Sunday
0191 433 6424
WinlatonMonday and Friday, 10am to 2pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday
0191 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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