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Birtley Library

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Birtley Library is conveniently located on the main road and offers a wide range of services. The building is shared with Gateshead Housing Company.

Due to the relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions, our libraries are open again for the selection of books and computer use. Our Ring and Read service will still operate and fines for late return of items will not be charged. 

From Monday 19 July, we politely ask all customers visiting any library across Gateshead to

  • Wear a face covering, particularly when moving around the library
  • Maintain a safe distance from other library users and staff, where possible
  • Sanitise your hands on entry using either the sanitising stations available, or your own sanitising product. We'll be continuing with our enhanced cleaning regime
  • Check-in with NHS Track and Trace using any of the QR codes displayed at each library
  • Sanitise computers before and after use using the wipes provided. Access to computers will continue to be limited, so pre-booking is strongly encouraged
  • Respect our staff at all times. They are working hard to deliver your library service in a way that's safe for everyone
  • Remain cautious. If you have coronavirus symptoms, please don't visit our libraries. Arrange a test and stay at home.

Opening hours from Monday 21 June

Monday9.30am to 5pm
Tuesday9.30am to 5pm
Wednesday9.30am to 5pm
Thursday9.30am to 5pm
Saturday9.30am to 1pm


  • a large selection of books for all ages
  • books in large print
  • audio books
  • daily newspapers
  • storysacks

Computers and digital facilities

All our libraries have PCs for library members aged eight years and over and it's free to use our computers and our wifi. Services include:

  • computers with internet access and Microsoft Office
  • printing (a small charge applies), photocopying and scanning
  • wifi
  • fax
  • microbits for loan 

Find out more about our .


  • local history photos and maps
  • council information
  • tourist information
  • foodbank collection point
  • hearing aid batteries
  • baby change 

Regular activities (currently suspended)

  • Art Diamonds
  • Birtley Our Say teen activities group 
  • computer surgery for 1-2-1 help on the computer 
  • Councillors Ward Surgery 
  • Knit and Natter 
  • Mini Meerkats
  • MPs surgery 
  • Reading groups 
  • Rhymetime

Visit our  for more information

Books for health and wellbeing

Reading has been proven to help reduce stress, and we have some great mood busting books, reading well collections, and creative and social reading activities for all ages. Find out more on our health and wellbeing pages.


  • access for wheelchair users 
  • automatic doors 
  • lift to library (upper level) 
  • accessible toilet

We are autism friendly. Visit our autism friendly page to find out more.

How to find us

Public Transport: nearest bus stop at the Cenotaph corner of Orchard Street
Parking: nearby off road parking 

Fees and charges

Cash only payments. View our Fees and charges from 1 April 2020 (updated May 2021).


Durham Road


Chester le Street


0191 433 6101
0191 433 6106

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