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Libraries


Let your local library fuel your imagination through books, courses, events and activities whatever your age.

Where's your nearest library?

We have 39 libraries across County Durham. Find the address, contact details, opening hours, services available and a map for each library on our Find a library page.

We have a mobile library with easy access that stops in some villages and communities across County Durham. Visit Library Online to find where and when the mobile library stops. We also offer a range of accessible library services to help people with specific needs. These include Books on Wheels and a Bookbus.

If you would like to browse the library catalogue, request an item or renew an item already on loan, please visit Library Online. This facility also offers members of our library service full and free access to a range of websites including Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford Music Online, Encyclopaedia Britannica Online and a range of over 120 emagazines.

What services do libraries offer?

Our libraries offer a range of resources including:

  • half a million book titles
  • bookable computers with a range of software and high speed broadband
  • over 120 eMagazine titles and over 1,100 eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • free access to a range of reference websites including Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • HealthZones
  • Reading Groups
  • Toddler Time - activities for under-fives
  • Get Creative - creative sessions for adults

How do I...?

Join a library?

You can join at any of our libraries or on Library Online. All you need to join is one proof of identity and address.

Borrow books?

You can borrow up to twelve books and two talking books for three weeks at a time. To make life easier you can borrow and return them at any County Durham library - they don't have to be returned to the library you got them from.  

Reserve items?

You can reserve items for a small fee by visiting or telephoning your local library or by using Library Online. We'll contact you once the item is available at your local library so you can arrange to collect it.

Renew my loans?

You can renew your items by visiting or telephoning your local library or by using  Library Online. Register for our email reminder service on Library Online and we will email you to remind you that your items are due back soon. 

Borrow books from libraries outside County Durham?

Your library card allows you to borrow books in person from any public library in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but you must return them to the library you borrowed them from if they are not in County Durham.

Fees and charges

Although most of our services are free, we do make charges for services in some areas. Our current  Icon for pdf fees and charges (PDF, 53.4kb)  run from 1 April 2017.

School library service (Durham Learning Resources)

Durham Learning Resources is our book and resource service for primary, nursery, special and secondary schools. There are many interesting items just waiting to be discovered.

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