Please note:

  • The library service is moving to a new Library Management System and there will be some disruptions to services whilst this takes place from 23 April - 1 May. Our online catalogue and renewal service will be unavailable.  Find out more here. 
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no West Mobile Library Service on Tues 24, Wed 25, Fri 27 and Sat 28 April. We apologise for any inconvenience caused

Keep up to date with all the latest news and events from Northumberland Libraries by reading our blog.

Important News: Library Service Disruptions

The library service is moving to a new Library Management System and there will be some disruptions to services whilst this takes place.

From 23 April to 1 May customers will not be able to:

  • Reserve items.
  • Renew, reserve or search online using the library catalogue.
  • Get their library card number if the card has been forgotten.
  • Get their PIN number if it has been forgotten.
  • Use the self service kiosks.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.  Our fine amnesty continues to run till the end of April.  Customers who pay to borrow audio books will be charged once our system is back online.

Reading Hacks Volunteer Drop In Sessions

Reading Hack Final LogoWould you like to volunteer to help children with their reading? If you do and you are between the ages of 13 to 24 come and find out more about the Reading Hack program. Reading Hacks help staff to run this year' Summer Reading Challenge by organising activities, creating displays, and helping children choose books.

Being a Reading Hack has benefits for you such as helping with your C.V., interviews and personal statements for university, it also helps towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme!

If you would like to join or just find more then please come along to the drop in and speak to library staff to find out more.

Drop in sessions will be held at the following libraries:

  • Ashington Library on Monday 14 May at 3.30pm to 5pm.
  • Berwick Library on Tuesday 15 May at 3pm to 5pm.
  • Hexham Library on Tuesday 15 May at 3pm to 5pm.
  • Blyth Library on Tuesday 15 May at 4pm to 6pm.
  • Cramlington Library on Wednesday 16 May at 4pm to 6pm.
  • Prudhoe Library on Thursday 17 May at 4pm to 6pm.
  • Morpeth Library on Friday 18 May at 4pm to 6pm.

Fines shelved in March and April

If you’ve a long overdue or lost library book at home -  it’s fine.  Throughout March and April anyone with an overdue library book can return it to their local library without paying  a fine.

We are holding a fines amnesty for the whole of March and April and library customers are invited to have a good hunt around the house for any overdue library books which may not have been returned to the library for weeks, months or even years!

The temporary waiving of library fines has been very successful in other parts of the UK and it is hoped there will be a very positive take up of this limited offer in Northumberland.

Councillor Cath Homer Cabinet Member for Northumberland County Council and Portfolio Holder for Culture, Arts, Tourism and Leisure said: 
“We have an extensive range of books that cover all genres, interests and tastes. Most of our literature lovers return their borrowed books on time. This campaign is asking the persistent few ‘book hoarders’ to turn over a new leaf. We hope the  month long amnesty will help  get overdue titles back on our shelves so they can once again be  enjoyed by other book lovers.”

Easter in the Library

IMG 20180306 211944Easter Bunny Reading Challenge

This Easter hop along to your Library and join the Easter Bunny Reading Challenge.

It will be running in all our libraries from Saturday 24 March - Saturday 14 April.

The idea of the challenge is to encourage children to visit the library and keep them reading during Easter.

Children can decorate their own Easter Bunny then collect a carrot every time they visit the library and borrow a book, or when they introduce a new member.

Carrots will be put in a draw to win a chocolatey prize.  The more you visit your library the more chances to win!

Easter Activities in Libraries

A number of our libraries are holding Easter events.  Take a look at the list below and click on an individual event to find out more.  Please note some events are drop in and booking is not required but others require booking in advance through Eventbrite.

Sat 24 March

Wed 28 March

Tues 3 April

Wed 4 April

Thurs 5 April

Fri 6 April

Mon 9 April

Tues 10 April

Wed 11 April

Thurs 12 April


To find out Easter opening hours for all libraries please visit this page.


Library Easter Opening Hours 2018

Most of our libraries will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday. With exception of the following libraries listed in the table below.  Our three mobile libraries last operational day over the Easter period will be Thursday 29 March.  Normal timetables will resume on Tuesday 3 April.

And don't forget if our Libraries are closed you can still get instant access to our eMagazines, eBooks and eAudio 24/7. 

Items can also be renewed online if you are going away over the Easter period.

Library Name Friday 30 Mar Sat 31 Mar Sun 01 Apr Mon 02 Apr
Ashington 10AM - 4PM 9AM - 6PM 10AM - 4PM 10AM - 4PM
Berwick 9AM - 5PM 10AM - 5PM CLOSED 9AM - 5PM
Corbridge 10AM - 1PM, 1:30PM - 4:30PM 10AM - 1PM, 1:30PM - 4:30PM CLOSED 10AM - 1PM, 1:30PM - 4:30PM
Haltwhistle 10AM - 1PM, 1:30PM - 4:30PM 10AM - 1PM CLOSED 1OAM - 1PM,
1:30PM - 4:30PM
Haydon Bridge CAL CLOSED 9:30AM - 12:30PM CLOSED CLOSED
Hexham 10AM - 4PM 10AM - 4PM CLOSED 10AM - 4PM
Hirst Welfare CLOSED 9AM - 4PM 9AM - 4PM CLOSED
Newbiggin 8AM - 2PM 8AM - 10PM 8AM - 10PM 8AM - 2PM
Ponteland CLOSED 8AM - 6PM 9AM - 4PM CLOSED
Wooler 10AM - 4:30PM 10AM - 1PM CLOSED 10AM - 4:30PM



Read Regional 2018

From March to June each year, the annual Read Regional campaign celebrates selected new books from the North of England.  In partnership with New Writing North three events will be taking place in Northumberland this year.  Take a look below for more information and find out how to book tickets.

Antony Dunn at Morpeth Chantry on 14 March

Antony Dunn

Join us at Morpeth Chantry for Meet the poet Antony Dunn and 'Exploring Poetry' workshop with Linda France. Meet the poet Antony Dunn and hear him read from his latest collection Take this one to Bed. Leeds based Antony has published four collections of poetry and is a winner of the Newdigate prize. He is a regular tutor for the Poetry School and the Arvon Foundation.  

Local Northumberland poet Linda France is the winner of numerous poetry awards, her collections include The Simultaneous Dress and The Toast of the Kit- Cat Club: A Life of lady Mary Wortley Montagu.  

"Exploring Poetry" Workshop with Linda France will take place at 6pm. Meet the Poet - Antony Dunn will begin at 7.15pm. Tickets £4 per session or £6 for the full evening. Please book a place online at Eventbrite.

Sarah Dunnakey at Hexham Library on 26 April

Sarah Dunnakey 2

Come and meet former college librarian NHS researcher Mastermind Question Researcher and now novelist Sarah Dunnakey who will introduce her debut novel The Companion a mystery set in 1930's Yorkshire and the present day.

Tickets cost £4 and can bee booked online at Eventbrite.

Richard Smyth at Haltwhistle Library on 2 May

Richard Smyth

Come along to Haltwhistle Library and meet nature author Richard Smyth who will be introducing his study of birdsong A Sweet Wild Note; What we hear when the Birds Sing. Richard's beautiful book is a celebration of what birdsong means to us all and a passionate call to arms to protect the birds in our landscape at a time when their voices are growing quieter.

Tickets cost £4 and can be booked online at Eventbrite.

Richard will be leading a birdsong walk around Whitley Chapel at 10am the following morning so why not book for both talk and walk? Please note the Birdsong Walk is bookable through Haltwhistle Walking Festival.


eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines

Did you know library members can download eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines for free 24/7?  There are over 1050 eAudio titles, 950 eBooks and 25 eMagazines to choose from.

You can either use a web browser to access the service or download a free app if you are using a mobile device.The RBDigital App is available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices. Select 'RBdigital' from the App store to download the RBdigital app to your device. Click here to find and download the right app.  Please note if you use a web browser eMagazines have a seperate website to eBooks and eAudio.  

eBooks eAudio

Visit our RBdigital eBook and eAudio website

  • Check out up to 6 eBooks and 6 eAudio titles at a time.
  • When downloading your eBook or eAudiobook you can select the amount of time you wish to borrow the item for ranging from 1 to 21 days.
  • There are no overdue fees and if you finish early you can return it early! Items expire automatically at the end of the loan period unless you have returned them early.
  • If the item you want is not available you can reserve it free of charge and you will be alerted when it is available for download. Please note reservations count as one of your loans.

Visit our help page to find out more about using eBooks and eAudio.


Visit our eMagazines website

  • You can download as many eMagazines as you wish.

  • There are no loan period or overdue fees, so magazines can be read at your leisure!  

  • Once you have downloaded the magazine you can keep it for as long as you wish.  

  • Also you can choose to be notified by email when new issues of your favourite magazine are available to be downloaded.

If you need help please check out the frequently asked questions section.

Free Half Term Events at the Library


There are lots of exciting free events happening over February half term in Northumberland Libraries. The fantastic Books & Art workshops will be taking place in six of our libraries where children will be having creative Valentines fun with a twist! Suitable for children aged 5+ years and those who care for them.  Please note you only need to book places for children.

art1Monday 12 February

Would you love a smelly old skunk? The mum in I Love You Stinky Face (by Lisa McCourt) does. What toothy, slimy, stinky creatures could you love? Let your imagination fly with artist Linn O'Carroll and create your own work of art to take home.   Click on the individual event to book a free place.  

Tuesday 13 February

Love drawing? Love giggling? Come along and draw aliens, monsters and all things strange with illustrator Liz Million. Be inspired by the book Aliens Love Underpants to create artwork to take home. Click on the individual event to book a free place.  

Wednesday 14 February

Ahoy there me hearties! Come set sail with the pirates (who) Love Underpants (by Claire Freedman) on their quest for the Golden Pants. They'll be needing a treasure map and compass - designed by you! everything will be ship shape with artist, Louisa Jackson on hand to help.  Click on the individual event to book a free place.  

Christmas in the Library

There is lots going on this Christmas in our Libraries.


Local school children are being welcomed into libraries to entertain library visitors.  On Wednesday 13 December at 1.30pm, children from Bothal Primary School will be singing Christmas carols in Ashington Library and on Tuesday 19 December at 10.30am, children from Malvin’s Close Primary Academy will be carolling in Blyth Library.

Libraries are also running lots of great events to keep children entertained during the Christmas holidays.

Both Berwick and Blyth libraries are running regular drop in events leading up to the Christmas holidays. Blyth Library is offering Quick Christmas Crafts every Saturday from 10am - 11.30am and Berwick Library is offering Do it Yourself Crafts from 10am - 3pm. Sessions start on Saturday 25th November and run up till Saturday 16 December. 

Wylam Library is holding a Christmas Story & Rhymetime on 5 December at 2.30pm.  

Ashington Library is having a Christmas Fair on Thursday 7 November, 10am - 6pm.

Prudhoe Library is holding three Story and Rhymetimes for little ones.  They will run on a Friday at 10:30am - 11am from 8 December up to 22 December.  They will also be running a Christmas Crafts session on Thursday 21 December at 3pm.

Ponteland Library are holding a Christmas Craft session on 18 December at 10:30am - 11.30am  Children can make reindeer and angels.  Places can be booked online at Eventbrite.

Additional Christmas Stories and Craft sessions will be taking place at libraries across the County. Please visit Eventbrite for details of all events taking place in libraries or check out our events calendar and follow Northumberland Libraries on Facebook and Twitter.



From Christmas reads to cooking and craft books your library is sure to have something for you.  Visit your library or search the library catalogue to find out what else is available. Remember if your library does not have the book you want, you can reserve it for free from another Northumberland Library.

Also why not take a look at our eBooks and eMagazines that are packed full of Christmas too.

Children can also take part in our Elf on a Library Shelf Reading Challenge.


All out Libraries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.   

christmas Opening Hours


Elf on a Library Shelf

elfonshelfThis Christmas take part in our Elf Reading Challenge.  It will be running in all our libraries throughout December - from Friday 1st till Saturday 30.  The idea of the challenge is to encourage children to visit the library and keep them reading during the busy Christmas period.

Every branch has their own 'Library Elf'.  Elf loves to read and wants children to recommend books to him.  Each time children visit the library and borrow a book or introduce a new member, they will receive a small 'book' - on one side they write the name of a favourite book and on the other they write their name and library membership number.

Children can then post the 'book' in to the Christmas post box situated somewhere in the library.  The more 'books' children post, the more chances there are to win.  Each branch will carryout a prize draw at the start of January.