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Durham County Council

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Barnard Castle Library


Barnard Castle Library is located at the back of The Witham building and to the left via Hall Street.

We offer a wide variety of services, events and facilities for you and your family. 

Opening hours

  • Monday: 10.00am - 7.00pm
  • Tuesday: 10.00am - 7.00pm
  • Wednesday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
  • Thursday: closed
  • Friday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Sunday: closed
  • Public holidays: closed 

For unexpected closures, please see our disruptions, closures and warnings page. 

How to get there

The main bus stops are in Galgate and the Market Place. There is a large pay and display car park at Morrisons supermarket and additional on-street parking in the Market Place and surrounding streets.

Cycle parking facilities - four cycle parking facilities are available.

The main access to the Library is through the gates at the bottom of the Durham County Council car park, adjacent to Morrison's supermarket. The gates are at the bottom of the car park and to the left of the entrance way to Star Yard. The main entrance to the library is at the end of the short path and to the left of the Witham buildings, on Hall Street. 

A second entrance can be found on George Street to the rear of the library building. This entrance has four steps and is not fully accessible. From the main Witham entrance on Horsemarket go through Star Yard and turn right into the gates.

What's available?

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

  • ancestry online 
  • books, audiobooks and reference books
  • internet and email facilities
  • information leaflets 
  • HealthZones
  • local history collection
  • newspapers
  • music scores
  • language courses

An access guide for this library is available at DisabledGo: Barnard Castle Library

Free wi-fi is also available.

Facilities, groups and training

  • children's activities
  • family history
  • photocopier
  • talks