South Shields Central Library

We offer a comprehensive service ranging from traditional books, talking books, study guides, newspapers and periodicals, to DVDs, and CD-ROMs. We also have up-to-date IT services, including free access to the Internet, why not book a session and see what's happening around the world. Talking Books: Over 3000 complete, unabridged books on tape: novels, mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi and fantasy, romance, biographies, non-fiction, classic novels, plays and poetry.

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Opening hours

Monday: 9.00am - 7.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am - 7.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday: 12.00pm - 4.00pm

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Additional info


We have a comprehensive range of books, fiction and non-fiction for both leisure and study purposes covering a variety of interests and levels.

Fiction - Half a million books are borrowed each year from the Central Lending Library including novels to suit all tastes, contemporary fiction, romances, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, westerns, horror and historical fiction.
Many titles are available in large print format, talking book on both tape and CD.
Non Fiction - A wide range of stock is available including general interest and study materials covering GCSE, O and A level, GNVQ, NVQ. We also have a good selection of car and motorcycle manuals.
Holiday help - We have material to suit all your holiday requirements, local and national guides, street maps, road maps and Ordinance Survey maps, also holiday accommodation guides and phrase books.
Careers -Includes a comprehensive selection of material relating to a broad range of potential careers.
Foreign Language Collection – offering a variety of books in Urdu, Gurati, Hindi, Punjabi, Bangladeshi and Arabic.

Collection details


South Shields Central Library
Prince George Square
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE33 2PE





0191 427 1717

after 5.00pm

0191 427 1818


0191 455 8085

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