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

Northumberland Libraries holds a number of special collections  - Northern Poetry Library, Play Scripts and Musical Scores.  All special collections can be borrowed by library members.  

Playscripts and Musical Scores

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The library service holds a collection of vocal scores, playsets and playscripts. Musical Scores are an excellent resource for Northumberland choirs and choral societies, covering classical and light opera, musical theatre and classical choral works. The Playscripts are perfect for local drama groups or students. These books can be borrowed from any Northumberland Library and we have multiple copies of most texts.  

View a list of plays available.

View a list of vocal scores.

Music and Playscript Loan Charges

  Northumberland Library Stock Outside of Northumberland Stock
Music Sets 0 - 50 £5.00 £10.00
Music Sets 51 - 100 £10.00 £20.00
Music Sets 101 - 150 £15.00 £30.00
Music Sets 151 - 200 £20.00 £40.00
Playscripts £1.00 per set £7.50 per set


If you have any enquiries regarding Vocal Scores or Playscripts please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Northern Poetry Library

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The Northern Poetry Library, located in The Chantry, Bridge Street, Morpeth.  It is the largest collection of post-World War II poetry in England outside London. There are over 15,000 volumes, including first editions, signed copies and runs of poetry periodicals.

The collection can be searched and reserved through the Library Online Catalogue. The Northern Poetry Library books can be borrowed and reserved for free by library members as part of the library’s normal stock. Library members can reserve any of the Northern Poetry Library books to be sent for free to your local Northumberland library.

The Northern Poetry Library has it's own website and can be found by visiting: 


If you have any enquiries regarding the Northern Poetry Library please telephone: 01670 623455 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..