Lynemouth Library has relocated to Lynemouth Day Centre as of Mon 19 Feb. The entrance is to the front of the building. Opening hours will be as follows: Monday 10am-12pm, 12.30pm-4.30pm and Thursday 3pm-5pm. No public PCs are available but free WiFi is available if customers wish to bring their own devices.

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

Join Hexham Hackmonsters

We are… Hexham Hackmonsters!

And we are a group of reading hackers located at Hexham Library in the Queen’s Hall.

Our Interests include: Books, Creative writing and volunteering.  We have recently had a Creative Writing Workshop with local author Stevie Ronnie and we plan to have similar groups in future.

We plan to have a regular open meeting for people aged 12-18 who like reading and writing at Hexham Library.  The next meeting is on Wednesday 27 April at 4pm.

If you are interested, our group contact is Jackie White, you can usually contact her at Hexham library: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Happy Hacking!

These photos were taken at a creative writing workshop with local author Stevie Ronnie

Hexham Hackmonsters with Stevie Ronnie 19.3.16 Hexham Hackmonsters Creative Writing Workshop 19.3.16

About Reading Hack

Reading Hack is a programme led by young people aged 13 to 24 who do reading activities and volunteering, called hacks, to gain skills and experience. Visit our Reading Hack webpage to find out more.

Big North Book Run - Meet the Author

bignorthbookrunIn April a number of Pan Macmillan authors are attending libraries across the North East for a series of special author events.  

From the 21-23 April the Big North Book Run will take place with three great authors -Rita Bradshaw, Mari Hannah and Lucy Diamond each visiting a library in Northumberland.


ritabMeet Rita Bradshaw at Bedlington Library - 21 April at 7pm - 8pm

Born in Northamptonshire, where she still lives, Rita started her writing career with Mills & Boon before branching out into historical sagas. Now with 19 novels to her name, Rita is one of the country’s best-selling and most popular writers of historical fiction. Despite her Midlands background, several of her novels are set in the pit villages of the North East. We are delighted she is coming to Northumberland where she will talk about her life and career with her trademark warmth and friendliness.
Please contact Bedlington Library on Tel: 01670 622201 beforehand to book. Ticket price £2.50.
marihMeet Mari Hannah at Berwick Library (The Swan Centre) - 22 April at 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Mari is well known for her Kate Daniels crime novels.  Mari will talk about her choice of a new hero in 'The Silent Room' and what it is like to have your work adapted for TV.  
This event is also part of our World Book Night celebrations so please bring a book to swap with other participants as part of World Book Night.
Please contact Berwick library on Tel: 01670 626099 beforehand to book. Ticket price £2.50.  This event will be taking place at The Swan Centre, the temporary home of Berwick Library.
lucydMeet Lucy Diamond at Ashington Library - 23 April at 2pm -3pm
A Girls' Afternoon Out with Lucy Diamond, author of the popular 'Beach Cafe ' Series.  Although Lucy started out writing children’s fiction (and still does), her Beach Café series propelled her into the bestseller charts and earned her the title ‘queen of summer reading’. If you enjoy Sophie Kinsella or Milly Johnson, then Lucy’s brand of contemporary women’s fiction will appeal.
Come and hear Lucy talk about her work, buy a book and enjoy cupcakes and bubbly.
Please contact Ashington Library on 01670 622262 beforehand to book. Ticket price £2.50

Library members can now access Find My Past for Free!

familyhistoryphotosBring your past to life and build your family tree with our fantastic new subscription to Find My Past.  Search births, deaths and marriages, census records, the 1939 Register and much more.  You can create your own account and use the information you find to build a family tree.  This is a great resource to use with Ancestry and British Newspaper Archive to trace your ancestors.  

A wide range of records are waiting for you to discover them using this fantastic resource These include:

  • Access to the 1939 Register - The 1939 Register represents one of the most important documents in 20th century Britain. The information it contains not only helped toward the war effort, it was also used in the founding of the NHS.  
  • Census records - Census records from England, Wales & Scotland, 1841-1911
  • BMDs records - Easy-to-search birth, marriage and death records
  • Parish records - UK's largest collection of parish records, dating from 1538
  • Travel & migration records - Travel & migration records including 24 million passenger list records
  • Military records - Military, armed forces & conflict records from WWI, WWII & more
  • Newspaper records - Millions of pages of historical British Newspapers

Please note that you can use your Find My Past account anywhere but you will only get unlimited access from our subscription while on a library computer.  

Start using our Family History Resources

Research your family history and read historical newspaper articles with these three great online resources.  Library members can use these resources for free on all library computers.  To find out what other familiy history resources we have please visit our Family History section of the website.

(Please note these free subscriptions will not work using the library free wi-fi or on your own devices at home.)

To start using the resouces just click on the one you want below:

Are you interested in becoming a Code Club Volunteer?

Interested in Computer Coding? 


Can you inspire kids aged 9-11?
Northumberland Code Club is recruiting Come along and find out more about these fun and rewarding volunteering opportunities at one of our informal sessions.
A friendly welcome and refreshments will be provided:
  • Thursday 10th March 6pm ­ 7.30pm, Cramlington Library
  • Friday 11th March 6pm ­ 7.30pm, Hexham Library
  • Tuesday 15th March 6pm ­ 7.30pm, Morpeth Library
  • Thursday 17th March 6pm ­ 7.30pm, Bari Tea, Alnwick
Register to attend a session via EventBrite ­ search 'Code Club Northumberland' or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01670 620185.
What is Code Club?
Code Club is a nationwide network of volunteer­led after­school coding clubs for children aged 9­ - 11.  Find out more at:
What do kids learn?
Code Club provide step­by­step activity sheets for the children to follow so they can create games, animations and websites, learning the key concepts of programming at the same time. Code Club resources teach children Scratch, HTML/CSS and Python.
  • Anyone can run a Code Club ­ teachers, parents or volunteers.
  • Free training and resources are offered by Code Club.
  • Clubs are extra­curricular and can run after­school, or in the evenings/weekends.

Author Events in March

Spring is here and we have a wide variety of author events coming up in the next few months.  Thanks to our partners New Writing North, Hexham Book Festival and Pan Macmillan we have a diverse range of events this season covering fiction, memoir and creative writing.

Chatton author Caroline Roberts will talk about her latest novel ‘The Torn Up Marriage’ and her path to becoming a writer.  Chloe Daykin will lead a series of three workshops about writing for children.  Bea Davenport is also running a series of three workshops looking at the particular skills required for short story writing.   Mike Pratt, Chief Executive of Northumberland Wildlife Trust, will talk about his book, ‘My Wild Northumbria’.  Finally, Max Adams is coming to talk about his book ‘In the Land of Giants’. For more information please click on each event.

march author events


Need some help passing your Theory Test?

Northumberland Library members can use Theory Test Pro for free? No need for a CD, DVD or any other complications, you just need to be a library member with a valid email address and you’re good to go.

You can use it in the Library or from the comfort of your own home.  

Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the official practice test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. All this material is licensed from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the people who set the tests!

See if you can answer this question....

Theory Test sample screen shot

Click here to access Theory Test Pro, or if you are not a Library member and would like to use this service click here to join


Celebrate National Libraries day with Northumberland Libraries!

Win a Kindle Fire!


We are giving away 2 Kindle Fires! kindle comp


For a chance to win, all you need to do is update your contact details!


Choose to receive either email or text as your preferred notification method.


Our notifications will let you know when books are overdue, when your reservations are ready and if you opt for email you will receive a reminder 3 days before your items are due for return. 

You have until 30 April 2016 to update your details. The winner will be notified by email or text on 11th May 2016. Call in to your local library or email to update your details.

Northumberland Libraries are celebrating Harry Potter Book Night

February 4 2016 will see the second annual Harry Potter Book Night celebrated throughout the world.  Here in Northumberland, we’re getting ready to host a range of events and two libraries will be hosting an unforgettable ‘Night of Spells’.


On Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells, we’ll be sharing the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and, most excitingly, introducing the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter.


The fun kicks off at Hexham Library at 3.30pm, young wizards, witches and muggles aged 8 – 12 years will be treated to games, activities, readings and quizzes. It all begins when the Sorting Hat decides who will be in which House, competing for house points throughout the evening’s challenges. These will include creating our own magical spells, readings from our favourite Harry Potter books and the Ultimate Spellathon trivia challenge! We’ll be dressing up the venue and creating our own Potions Corner as well as serving up wizard snacks inspired by the books.

‘Night of Spells’ starts at 4pm at Cramlington Library.  5 – 11 year olds will have a magical evening .   After being sorted into their houses, children will make their own magical wand (which they will need to take part in a charms class!), play table quidditch and take part in the trivia challenge – with a prize for the winning team!


Children visiting Bedlington Station Library can join in the fun for the whole week!  The library will be running a Harry Potter themed activity table from Monday 1st – Saturday 6th February.  Activities will be available during library opening hours.


5th Berwick Beavers will also be joining in the fun by having their very own ‘Night of Spells’ at Berwick Library.


Wylam's Big Book Club with guest Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves


On Monday 1st February 2016 Wylam Library will host the biggest book club ever seen in Northumberland! Local crime writer Ann Cleeves will be present at the event to share in the discussions about her books, and chat to the audience about her writing.

In anticipation of this event Wylam Library will have a wide range of Ann’s books available to borrow from January 2016 onwards - so just pick up a book from Wylam Library and make the most of this unique experience!