Gateshead Central Library
0191 433 8410 (Books)
0191 433 8420 (Events: Gift Shop)
0191 433 8430 (Gateshead Archive: Local and Family History)
0191 433 8440 (Sound Gallery: CDs and DVDs)
Following the government instruction, all libraries are now closed until further notice for all purposes. We will not now be opening as planned for computer use for job seekers. There will be no fines on any library books returned after the closure.
Please follow @GatesheadLibs for information on how to access our free e-book lending service.
Normal hours are:
- a large selection of books for all ages
- books in large print
- Bewicks' Café
- 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
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
- 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.
- baby change
- Council information
- hearing aid batteries
- planning application maps (this service carries a charge)
- room hire
- tourist information
- ABC 1 2 3 group
- Animé Club
- Art Diamonds
- Bookstart books, bumps and babies
- Busy Bees gardening club for children
- Chess Club
- Film club
- Friends group
- Knit and natter
- Readers groups for all ages
- Reading Hack
- Scribblers writing group
- Youth Theatre group
- Yu-Gi-Oh card club
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
- accessible toilet
We are autism friendly. Visit our autism friendly page to find out more.
How to find us
Q1 bus goes from outside the building to Gateshead Interchange
Q2 bus comes from Gateshead Interchange or on to Heworth. Bus stop is near Shipley Art Gallery.
Number 21 bus travels regularly from Durham Road nearby to Gateshead and Newcastle or to Low Fell
Parking: large car park available