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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.

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.


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)

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-7pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm


  • a large selection of books for all ages
  • books in large print
  • audiobooks
  • Bewicks' CafĂ©
  • 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

Computer in Central Info Services
Inside Gateshead Central Library

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 
  • 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

Planning application maps

Regular activities

  • ABC 1 2 3 group 
  • AnimĂ© Club
  • Art Diamonds
  • Bookstart books, bumps and babies
  • Busy Bees gardening club for children
  • Chess Club 
  • Film club 
  • Friends group
  • Jobclub
  • Knit and natter
  • Rhymetime
  • Readers groups for all ages 
  • Reading Hack
  • Scribblers writing group
  • Storytime
  • Youth Theatre group
  • Yu-Gi-Oh card club

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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: 

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 

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Prince Consort Road



0191 433 8420
0191 433 8424

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