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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 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. 


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

Monday9am to 7pm
Tuesday9am to 5pm
Wednesday9am to 5pm
Thursday9am to 7pm
Friday9am to 5pm
Saturday9am 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 (open 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.

Friends of Gateshead Central Library

The Friends support events and activities at Gateshead Central Library. Everyone is welcome to join and it's free! Come along and support the library by helping out at author events, coffee mornings, in the garden and more. You could make new friends and enjoy being involved with community and cultural activities in your local area.

For more information, contact

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Prince Consort Road



0191 433 8420
0191 433 8424

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