Many people still don’t use the internet regularly, and as more services become available online there’s more reasons why it can be useful to you or someone you know:
The main reason people give for not using the internet is that they don’t have access to a computer. In Gateshead Libraries we have over 150 computers for you to use for just a small fee of £3 a year. We also offer help to use the internet, whether you’re completely new to it or need a bit of help to refresh your skills. Our libraries provide both one to one and group help. Here’s just some of the ways we can help:
If you need basic help setting up email, searching the internet for jobs, holidays, friends, shopping or just for fun then book a half hour session at one of our computer surgeries
Take your First Click
Free 3 week course for the complete beginner. Wednesdays 2-3.30pm, at GatesheadCentral Library
Start this simple online course and gain a certificate in IT Entry Level 3
Save money online
Find your way around comparison websites and learn how they can save you money
One to One help
Many libraries offer free one-to-one sessions, we just ask you to arrange them in advance
Audiobooks are available FREE of charge through our service with One Click Digital who provides access to hundreds of titles that may be downloaded onto your phone, MP3 player, iPod or PC.
New titles are added every month, including bestsellers! No waiting lists! No need for reservations!
You can choose up to 10 audiobooks at a time to download. After three weeks the audiobooks are automatically returned. To renew, simply download again.
To access the service you need your library card and PIN. If you do not know your PIN, please contact your local library. Once you have registered and created an account with One Click Digital, you will have instant access to every title within the collection.
Simply go to the One Click Digital website
It is best to install Media Manager when you create your account although it is still possible to download the software without it.
If you have technical questions, please contact the UK based support team by clicking on the Support tab at the top where there is an online form to complete.
Gateshead Libraries eBooks service is FREE! All you need is your Gateshead Libraries ticket and PIN. If you do not know your PIN, please contact your local library. You can download up to four books for a maximum period of 21 days.
eBooks are automatically deleted from your eReader at the end of the loan period so you don’t need to worry about overdue charges.
eBooks are compatible with most eReaders. However, the service is not compatible with Amazon’s Kindle. This is because Amazon does not support digital rights management (DRM) on eBooks. DRM is required by publishers who sell their books to libraries and it’s a problem currently faced by all library authorities in the UK. The service should be compatible with the Kindle Fire tablet, though you may have to download a suitable app first e.g. Bluefire Reader app.
To start downloading, click HERE
Please note our eMagazine service is temporarily unavailable while we transfer to a new supplier (November 13)
When I started volunteering in Gateshead Central Library, I had very little confidence and found it difficult to speak to new people. That was 2 years ago, and since then, I have volunteered with the Reading Activists (formerly MyVoice) and the summer reading challenge within Gateshead central library and many other organisations outside of the library service. My two years of volunteering have helped me to build up my confidence, allowed me to meet a lot of amazing people and broaden my horizons-which will definitely improve my CV.
The hours I have spent volunteering in the library have not been wasted, I have been given multiple awards with the group and as an individual. Like most teenagers, I used to find reading quite dull and boring, until I met the people at Gateshead Central Library, they proved to me that my view was completely wrong. They showed me how to look at books in a whole new way, I was shown how to see the words for what they were. Since then, I have absolutely loved reading and it is a huge part of my life.
I know a lot of people who choose not to engage with libraries and volunteering, and I have heard them speaking about how bored they have been over the summer, I have not had these problems, in the summer holidays, I have travelled to London twice, stayed in Essex for four days, spent a lot of time working in the library, and even managed to get some A level preparation done.
Thanks to the staff and volunteers at Gateshead Central Library, my life has been changed. I started going to the library when I was having a difficult time at school, the library has really improved my life, and I have nothing but strong thanks and gratitude to all of the people who have helped me on my journey. Here’s to the years ahead of us.
Sarah Gascoigne - 16
As part of a nationwide awareness raising drive, Gateshead Libraries are using World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10th October to highlight how we can help local people deal with mental health issues.
Libraries across Gateshead will be offering a number of activities and resources throughout October including:
Contact your local library for more information or visit our What’s On section for details.
Final preparations are being made this week to hand over the running of five Gateshead libraries to groups of local volunteers.
The libraries - at Low Fell, Lobley Hill, Ryton, Sunderland Road
and Winlaton – ceased to be run by Gateshead Council on 29 June and are expected to re-open as completely volunteer-run libraries during the week beginning Monday 8 July.
Earlier this year, Gateshead Council took the decision to hand over the running of five of the Council’s libraries to groups of volunteers as a way of achieving budget savings without having to close any libraries.
Five groups of volunteers were recruited and they have been working closely with Gateshead Council throughout the Spring to ‘learn the ropes’.
Gateshead Council will support the community groups that will run the libraries by covering buildings costs and the purchase of new books. The volunteer groups will also get a range of support from GVOC (Gateshead Voluntary Organisations Council) to help the groups develop and help with the coordination of volunteers.
The five volunteer-run libraries will operate differently to Council-operated libraries, with customers having a separate library ticket. The Council has already written to local residents who already use the five libraries to explain how the change will work.
Although volunteer groups are now establishing themselves in each library, they are keen to recruit more people to help. If you would like to become a volunteer, please speak to one of the volunteers at one of the five libraries.
The libraries will be open as follows:
Lobley Hill – re-opens Thursday 11 July
Tuesday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Thursday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Low Fell – re-opens Monday 8 July
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.30-5.00
Ryton – re-opens Thursday 11 July
Monday: 9am to 5.00pm
Thursday: 9am to 1.30pm
Saturday: 9am to 1pm
Sunderland Road – re-opens Tuesday 9 July
Monday and Thursday: 9.30-5.00pm
Tuesday and Friday: 9.30-1.00pm
Wednesday and Saturday: closed
Winlaton – re-opens Monday 8 July
Monday: 9.30 - 7.00
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 9.30 - 1.00
Friday: 9.30 – 5.00pm