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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. 

Our libraries are open 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. 

Opening hours

Monday9am to 7pm
Tuesday9am to 5pm
Wednesday9am to 5pm
Thursday9am to 7pm
Friday9am to 5pm
Saturday9am to 1pm

Bank Holiday opening hours

Saturday 26th August - Closed

Monday 28th August - Closed

Tuesday 29th August - return to normal hours


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

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
  • fax
  • microbits for loan 
  • printing (a small charge applies), photocopying and scanning
  • wifi

Find out more about our computer facilities.


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

Regular activities

Please contact the library for details.

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

Visit our Events page (opens new window)  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 the Reading Agency's Reading Well website.


  • 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 2023.


Durham Road


Chester le Street


0191 433 6101

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