Gateshead Libraries

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.
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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.
9th Durham Light Infantry, Gateshead

Tracing Your War Ancestors

  • 12 February — 16 April 2014 *on now

Explore your military ancestors with Rosie Serdville and John Sadler, authors of ‘Tommy at War 1914-1918’ and ‘Tommy Rot’. This ten week course uses first-hand accounts, poetry, drama and multi-media to bring to life the history of the bloodiest conflict ever fought by British forces. 10 week course starts Wednesday 12th February, 2-4pm.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


St Mary's Heritage Centre
St. Mary’s Heritage Centre
St Mary’s Church

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 Centre’.


£75 – book in advance. To reserve your place please contact John Sadler on 01661 881654.