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New Gateshead Archive
We are creating a new space called Gateshead Archive and access to our collections is very limited for a few months. Please email any local history enquiries to

Our collections

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Limited access to our local history collections

Please note access to our local history collections is very limited for a few months during building work to create Gateshead Archive. Please email any local history enquiries to rather than visiting us on site.

Want to find out more about the history of Gateshead? We have a large local history collection at the Central Library

Local History Collections at Central Library 

History books

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Local heritage items
We have over 10,000 books about the history of Gateshead and the North East. A small selection are also available to borrow from the Central Library and branch libraries.

Search our catalogue to find local history books

Historic maps

We have a large collection of historic Ordnance Survey maps which you can just drop in to view. We also hold a range of other maps and plans: we recommend making an appointment to view these.You can visit our Local studies catalogue and search for maps to see what we hold.


View over 60 local newspapers dating from 1760 to present day. See our full list of local newspapers

We recommend booking ahead to ensure a microfilm reader is available. Email us at to make an appointment. 

Special collections and manuscripts

Visit our Local Studies catalogue and search for collections and manuscripts To arrange to view our special collections and manuscripts email us at to make an appointment. Where possible please provide a reference number from our catalogue. 

Images of Gateshead

We have thousands of historic images of Gateshead available online. Take a look at our Local Studies site. Many images are available to buy. 

Local History Events

We hold regular local history talks, tours, displays and workshops as well as an annual local history festival. 
Visit our Events page to find out details of all our local history events.

Community projects

We also support community groups and local organisations to access our collections. Staff can provide guidance on accessing resources, tours and tailored sessions. Contact us to find out more. Email us at

Family history records

Visit our Family History pages to find out about our collections, events and family history support.  

Research services

If you're unable to visit the library, staff can answer quick enquiries free of charge. For more detailed research, a fee will apply.

Gateshead Libraries

Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN
0191 433 8410

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