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Welcome to Gateshead Libraries

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Central Junior library
Central Library Junior section
We have eight libraries for you to use with your library ticket.

It's easy and free to become a member, just bring along an official letter with your name and address printed on it and you can get your library card straight away. With your library card you can borrow up to 20 books and keep them for 3 weeks. Books can be renewed by phone, in person or online. You can also reserve books. We have a great selection of e-books and e-audiobooks from Borrowbox - just visit our website or ask us for more information. We also have large print books, audiobooks on CD and dyslexia friendly books. You can visit the Sound Gallery to rent films on DVD and music CDs. We don't currently charge for late return of books or reservations.

In addition, a further 6 libraries are run by volunteer associations. These are also free to use: you will need a separate ticket to borrow books from them.

Children can join the library at any age and we have a wide variety of childrens books, as well as activities for children of all ages, including babies!

If you have mobility problems and find it difficult to get to your library, Readers at Home is a free service that will deliver books to your home. 

We have a large collection of books that can help with your health and wellbeing. We can help you find online advice and information and direct you to local services. We also have resources suitable for groups working with people who have additional needs.

Public computers and wi-fi are free to use and we can offer help with basic computing and jobseeker support. Photocopying and scanning facilities are also available. All our libraries can give you information about services, organisations and community groups in your area - our friendly staff are happy to help with your enquiries.

Visit Gateshead Archive at Gateshead Central Library for local history books, newspapers, maps and images. 

We have lots of events and activities for children of all ages and adults too. You can pick up a brochure from your library.