Gateshead Libraries

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There are 16 libraries in Gateshead, plus a Readers at Home Service and a Mobile Library. Whatever your reason for visiting – for information, learning or leisure – you will find our libraries accessible spaces with something of interest for everyone. We have…
CDs and DVDs
Internet access
Children’s activities
Local and family history
Rooms for hire

Anyone can become a member of the library at any age and it is free to join. There is a small annual charge to use our computers.

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

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.
St Mary's Heritage Centre

St. Mary’s Heritage Centre’s Splendiferously Phantasmagorical Pub Quiz

  • 8 September 2016 7-10pm

Our annual Heritage Open Days quiz has a distinctively Victorian flavour this year with parlour games contributing to the overall score. Feats of dexterity will be required by the team that will triumph, but be warned caddish behaviour will be frowned upon. Hone up on your 19th Century knowledge and join us for an evening of frivolity. You may register a team of up to six people or register as an individual and we'll find a team for you.
A pay bar will be operating at this event.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Gateshead Central Library

Behind the Scenes at the Central Library

  • 10 September 2016 11am-12pm

Join us on a behind the scenes tour of Central Library, which is celebrating its 90th birthday this year. The building still retains many original features including the underground book store, designated as an air raid shelter during the Second World War. The tour also introduces you to the many services now on offer at the library including CDs, DVDs, books, computers, art, local history and more.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17


St Mary's Heritage Centre

Memories of Gateshead by Kathleen Harrison

  • 10 September 2016 11am-1pm

As part of Heritage Open Days 2016, St Mary’s Heritage Centre is delighted to host the launch of this new title from Summerhill Books, ‘Memories of Gateshead’. In the book, author Kathleen Harrison shares her childhood memories of growing up in Gateshead in the 1950s. Included are Gateshead family life, schooldays, high days & holidays, entertainment, shopping, childhood games and living in a close knit community.
Signed copies of the book are available to buy on the day from St Mary’s Bookshop along with many other local history titles covering the region. Refreshments also available.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


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.