Gateshead Council has a 'core' library service of 12 libraries, a Readers at Home Service, a Mobile Library plus five branch libraries operated by constituted groups of volunteers. You can also access information about our libraries, including our online catalogue, on this website.
Large Print and Talking Books
Each library offers a range of large print books and 'Talking Books' (books on audio cassette, CD and to download). Please contact your local library for further details.
Readers at Home Service
If you are unable to get to a library yourself, you can apply to become a member of our Readers at Home Service who deliver books to you in your own home fortnightly or monthly.
The Readers at Home Service has a large selection of Talking Books and publishes lists of titles available for people using the service. Talking Books can be delivered from their vans and can also be posted out to visually impaired readers.
The Readers at Home Service also provides books to sheltered or residential home accommodation on an individual basis or by "bulk loans" to a "bookcase collection" which is changed regularly.
They also provide a twice-weekly ward round of books to hospital patients in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
If you are interested in applying for the Readers at Home Service, please telephone 0191 433 6415 or fax 0191 477 8836.
Computers and Internet Access
Gateshead's libraries have PCs, Scanners and Printers, which library members can use for a small annual fee. As well as offering Microsoft Office and Internet access, all library PCs have a link to System Access to Go screen reading software. Membership of the library is free and if you would like to join the library, please contact your local branch or ring the Central Library on 0191 433 8410 for more information.
Visually Impaired Readers' Group
This group meets in Blaydon Library on the fourth Wednesday afternoon of each month.
Members all share a love of reading, either in Braille or large print, or by listening to Talking Books. At each meeting they discuss the book they have just read and get their next book. If you are interested in joining either group, please contact Claire Elliott on tel. 0191 433 8489. We can assist with transport if necessary.