City Library & Community Hub
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Charles Avison Building
33 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne
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|Monday||10am to 5pm|
|Tuesday||10am to 7pm|
|Wednesday||10am to 5pm|
|Thursday||10am to 7pm|
|Friday||10am to 5pm|
|Saturday||10am to 4pm|
Please note: the public computers are automatically turned off 15 minutes before closing time.
What services do we offer?
Join the library to take advantage of our library services. We can help you with enquiries about more than 100 council services. With partners working alongside us, our library services are found here:
- Level 1 for Library and Council enquiries, Visa enquiries, DVDs, non-fiction books, Reading Well self-help books, Gift Shop and public PCs.
- Level 2 for the cafe, public PCs and Bewick Hall,
- Skills Hub - a one-stop shop for support with training, careers and job advice;
- Connexions - careers information, advice and guidance for young people aged 13-19 (and up to age 25 for young people with special needs); and
- Café @ City Library - breakfast, meals and stotties, homemade food, fresh scones and quiches cooked daily. Hot and cold sandwiches - some sandwich deals are available. Get a cup of tea or an americano and a slice of cake for £3.95. The café is open Monday 9am to 4.30pm, Tuesday 9am to 5.30pm, Wednesday 9am to 4.30pm, Thursday 9am to 5.30pm, Friday 9am to 4.30pm and Saturday 10am to 3.30pm.
- Level 3 for adult fiction, Children's Library and children's PCs, Visually Impaired (VIP) area and Business & IP Centre Newcastle - intellectual property information and expert advice on a wide range of topics for entrepreneurs and inventors. Events for children include Little Bears (stories, nursery rhymes and singing), held on Mondays in term-time only from 10.30am to 11am. Storytime is held on Saturdays from 2.30pm to 3pm.
- Level 4 for public PCs and Citizens Advice Newcastle - providing a free service which is confidential and open to anyone who lives or works in Newcastle.
- Level 5 is mainly a staff only floor housing the City Stack, but has some public seating and access to the Boardroom for events.
- Level 6 for heritage including tracing family history, viewing electoral registers and microfiche, local newspapers, our Viewing Gallery and space to study.
There is free public Wi-Fi access throughout the building. There are rooms to hire on most floors of the library. If you arrive for an event, please check the plasma screens to find the room location of your event or speak to a member of staff. There are freephones and public PCs to use in order contact other council services.
Phone: 0191 277 4100
Our facilities include:
- Books, magazines and newspapers, e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines
- Free computer, internet and Wi-Fi access
- Access to Online Resources
- Printing, photocopying and scanning facilities
- Story time
- Large historical collections of books, periodicals and maps
- Free one-to-one internet taster sessions
- Online basics courses and Techy Tea Party events (where you can learn to get the most out of your own device)
- Fax service
- Local Studies and Family History department - with unique material relating to the North East including the largest local newspaper archive in the UK
- The Newcastle Collection - a display of rare books and illustrations including Thomas Bewick's tools and worktable and the ability to turn the pages of rare heritage books on a Turning the Pages console
- Study space
- Exhibitions and displays
- Reading groups and lifelong learning classes
- Rooms for hire
- Performance hall with capacity for seating 185 people
- Public toilets and baby changing facilities
Entrances to City Library have level access and automatic doors. Enter at the blue box entrance at the corner of John Dobson Street and New Bridge Street West for Level 1 of the Library, including where to make council enquiries. Enter at the Princess Square entrance for Level 2, the cafe and Bewick Hall. Lift and stair access is available to all six levels within City Library. you have the opportunity to charge your own electric wheelchair here.
There is limited on street car parking available nearby (Lisle Street) and local council car parks at Saville Street, Ellison Place and Oxford Street. Local bus stops are all within 150 metres. Monument Metro Station is a 4 minute walk away. There are cycle racks to the front and side of the library and in Princess Square. The nearest electric vehicle charging point is at the Civic Centre, or you can find more EV charging points on Charge Your Car webpages.
The AccessAble website has full information on the accessibility of City Library.
This library is autism-friendly (please see our user guide (pdf, 1.88mb) here) and has a hearing loop to assist communication with hearing impaired people.
About City library
The City Library building is named Charles Avison Building after the 18th century Newcastle composer. On Sunday 21 June 2009 the building was formally dedicated by Dr Herbert Loebl who unveiled a plaque in the library as part of the Avison Ensemble Young Musicians Awards.
The main entrance into the building is through a dramatic blue glass box on New Bridge Street West with a second entrance from Princess Square. The whole building is self-service with self-issue and return facilities. This means that instead of being stationed behind a desk our staff can help you more easily.
On the Princess Square level we have a vibrant café (with additional outdoor seating on Princess Square), express email facilities, meeting rooms and the Bewick Hall - a performance space that can seat up to 185 people. There are also superb display and exhibition facilities.
Level 3 includes a wonderful children's library as well as adult fiction and community languages and our Business & Intellectual Property Centre.
Level 4 is the main floor for free public computer use. Over 30 computers can be booked free of charge for up to 2 hours and additional time may be available on request. There are over 100 computers throughout the building, including the facility to scan documents.
Level 6 provides a stunning local studies and family history service, with unique local collections, generous research and study space and the latest standard of protection (BS 5454) for Newcastle's unique printed resources. Here you will see the Newcastle Collection - an exhibition of the very special rare books that the City Library owns.
Throughout the building are features such as limestone flooring, specially commissioned furniture, the latest self-service facilities, and specialist book exhibition areas. You can see words and drawings woven into the glazed elevation of City Library - find out more from our City Library glass art page.
We hope you visit the City Library and that you find it a building to 'delight and inspire'.