Gateshead Libraries

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Gateshead Council's Library Service consists of a combination of Council run libraries, a Readers at Home Service and Community Libraries operated by constituted groups of volunteers.

Anyone can become a member of the library at any age and it is free to join.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library

Opening hours

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9am -7pm
Weds 9am -5pm
Sat 9am -1pm

Closed: Sundays; bank holidays

Admission charges


Our Local Studies section offers access to parish records, census returns, electors lists, newspapers, maps and a large collection of photographs about the Gateshead area. Our specialist staff are on hand to help.

Collection details

Archives, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Women workers, munitions factory Derwenthaugh, Gateshead

WomensWork100 Display

  • 6 March — 1 June 2018

Gateshead had some of the most important munitions factories in the country during the First World War. For the first time, women took on the essential role of manning these factories. This display combines images from Gateshead Local Studies Collection and Women'sWork100 display showing women in the workplace during both world wars.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17


St Mary's Heritage Centre
St Mary's Heritage Centre
Tyne and Wear

Getting there


You can reach St. Mary’s Heritage Centre...

Bus service: Q1 (bright yellow buses)
How often:
Approximately every 10 minutes (day) or 20 minutes (evening)
Departs from:
- Newcastle Central Station (taking about 10 minutes)
- Gateshead Interchange (taking about 4 minutes)
Stopping at:
The Sage Gateshead, adjacent to St Mary’s.

From Newcastle Upon Tyne, cross the Swing Bridge and climb Cannon street, going underneath the Tyne Bridge. St Mary’s will be on your left at the top of the bank.
From Gateshead Town Centre, follow signs for the Sage Gateshead, passing the Old town Hall and going underneath the railway line on Oakwellgate. St Mary’s is directly opposite the Sage Gateshead.

Limited parking is available on site during normal opening hours (10am -4pm) and also for special events held outside of normal opening times.
Alternative car parking is available at Church Street or at the Sage Gateshead, about a 1 minute walk from the Heritage Centre.
St. Mary’s Heritage Centre can be accessed from the North by crossing the Tyne Bridge (A167) and turning left onto Church Street, or from the South by following directions to the ’Sage Gateshead’ and ’Visitor C


Viewing 10am-4pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am-1pm Saturday

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Flora Drummond

From Women's Rights to Human Rights: How the Struggle for the Vote Changed the World.

  • 24 May 2018 6:30-7:30pm

The struggle of local women was to have a profound effect on the lives of everyone during the 20th Century. This talk with Rosie Serdiville looks at just how they did it and what the implications for future political movements.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+




Gateshead Libraries
Central Library, Prince Consort Road
Tyne and Wear




Central Library Reception

0191 433 8420

Local Studies Library

0191 433 8430


0191 433 8424

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.