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.

Battle of the Somme [PG]

  • 10 November 2016 7-8:30pm

Gateshead Central Library
As a member of the First World War Centenary Partnership, Gateshead Council are proud to present Battle of the Somme. Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme many hoping to see the image of a loved-one, or friend captured on film. One hundred years later, this unique film from IWM’s collection, is being shown to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Free - Book in advance.
This event is now SOLD OUT

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.