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Libraries and the Coronavirus
Libraries are providing a Ring and Read service: for more information go to the 'Find a Book' section. You can also borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks at Due to the covid-19 crisis, libraries currently remain closed.

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.


0191 433 6101

Opening Hours

Libraries are currently closed because of the Covid-19 crisis. Go to BorrowBox to access our free eBook and eAudiobook lending service. If you would like to borrow books, please use our Ring and Read service.

Normal hours are:
Monday: 9am-7pm
Tuesday: 9am-7pm
Wednesday: 9am-5pm
Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 9am-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 8 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 computer facilities.


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

Regular activities

  • 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 2019.


Durham Road


Chester le Street


0191 433 6101
0191 433 6106

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