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Changes to Council library services during lockdown

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Due to the new government restrictions book browsing will not be possible in our libraries from Thursday 5 November. However, some library services are still available.

Ring and Read services are still on offer. You can order books online or by phone, simply give some information about what you like to read and library staff will choose some books for you to collect. If you are unable to collect books at this time doorstep delivery  and Readers at Home services are also available. Find out more at

Essential computer use is still available from libraries in Blaydon, Birtley, Chopwell, Crawcrook, Leam Lane and Pelaw.

Essential computer use is not currently available at the Central Library but this service may resume during lockdown, please check our web site for updates or ring 0191 433 8410.

Volunteer libraries

Dunston Library will be closed from Wednesday 4 November. Low fell, Rowlands Gill, Winlaton and Whickham will be open for Ring and Read. Opening hours remain unchanged.


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