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Gateshead Central Library

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Central Junior library
The Junior area at Gateshead Central Library

Gateshead's largest library provides a wide range of services and activities and includes specialist services such as the Gateshead Archive and the Sound Gallery

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. 

Visitors to any library across Gateshead must 

  • Wear a face covering (unless eating or drinking in the coffee shop)
  • Maintain a safe distance from other library users and staff where possible

Please also

  • 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, don't visit our libraries. Arrange a test and stay at home.


0191 433 8410 (Books)
0191 433 8420 (Events, Gift Shop and Computer Bookings)
0191 433 8430 (Gateshead Archive: Local and Family History and Computer Bookings)
0191 433 8440 (Sound Gallery: CDs and DVDs)

Opening hours

Monday9.30am to 7pm
Tuesday9.30am to 5pm
Wednesday9.30am to 5pm
Thursday9.30am to 7pm
Friday9.30am to 5pm
Saturday9.30am to 1pm


  • a large selection of books for all ages
  • books in large print
  • audiobooks
  • daily newspapers and magazines
  • quiet study area
  • community garden
  • a brilliant collection of CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays from the Sound Gallery, the largest audiovisual library in the north east. 
  • Gateshead Archive, a local history collection with over 40,000 items including maps, photographs, books and manuscripts
  • children's library
  • young adult library 
  • art gallery
  • gift shop
  • Bewicks coffee shop (from 15 December, open again 9:30am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday; closed Saturday)

Computers and digital facilities

Computer in Central Info Services
Inside Gateshead Central Library
All our libraries have PCs for library members aged eight years and over and it's free to use our computers. Due to social distancing the number of computers available has been reduced, so we recommend you book a session in advance by telephoning 0191 433 8420. Services include:

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

We also run training courses and taster sessions for people who want support with PCs or the Internet. Visit our life skills section. 

Find out more about our computer facilities.


Gateshead Archive New
Gateshead Archive at the Central Library

  • baby change 
  • Council information
  • hearing aid batteries
  • planning application maps (this service carries a charge)
  • room hire
  • tourist information

Regular activities

We are beginning to restart some activities that were suspended due to Coronavirus. Please ring us (on 0191 433 8420) for details.

Books for health and wellbeing

Helpful staff
Helpful staff at the Central Library

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  
  • accessible toilet

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

How to find us

Public transport: 

The 51 bus goes from outside the building to Gateshead Interchange
The 52 bus comes from Gateshead Interchange and on to Heworth. Bus stop is near Shipley Art Gallery.
Number 21 bus travels regularly from Durham Road nearby to Gateshead and Newcastle and to Low Fell

Parking: Apologies, but our main car park is not currently in use. An alternative car park nearby on St Alban's Terrace provides free parking for up to 3 hours.

View our fees and charges


Prince Consort Road



0191 433 8420
0191 433 8424

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