Newcastle City Library

Newcastle City Library

The City Library building is named the Charles Avison Building after the 18th century Newcastle composer. Our new state of the art City Library opened its doors for the first time on Sunday 7 June 2009 at 11am. The main entrance is through a dramatic blue glass box on New Bridge Street West with a second entrance on Princess Square.

The library holds a stunning range of new non-fiction titles as well as an integrated reference library. We have a superb new café, express email facilities, meeting rooms and the Bewick Hall – a performance space that can seat up to 185 people. There are also superb display and exhibition facilities.

Level 3 includes a wonderful new children’s library, adult fiction and community languages. It also has a music and audio visual section for music scores, DVDs and CDs. Level 4 is the main floor for free public computer use. Over 30 computers can be booked free of charge for up to 2 hours. There are over 100 computers throughout the building, including the facility to scan documents.

Level 6 provides a stunning local studies and family history service, with unique local collections, generous research and study space and the latest standard of protection (BS 5454) for Newcastle’s unique printed resources. Here you will see the Newcastle Collection – an exhibition of the very special rare books that the City Library owns.

Throughout the building are features such as limestone flooring, specially commissioned furniture, the latest self-service facilities, and specialist book exhibition areas. We hope you visit the library and that you find it a building to ‘delight and inspire’.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 8pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm

Admission charges


Collection details


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.

Celebrating Shakespeare

  • 14 May 2016 7-11pm

Help us commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Great Bard’s death. Witness a spectacular Tudor fashion show by celebrated designer Julia Soares-McCormick while the People’s Theatre perform notable scenes across the evening from Richard III. There will be regular film showings throughout the evening along with a unique exhibition of Shakespeare material hosted on our Heritage floor alongside a special arts and crafts workshop.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Newcastle City Library
Charles Avison Building
33 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear




0191 277 4100

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