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Bishop Auckland Library

Bishop Auckland's main library occupies a unique site within the Town Hall complex, which also contains a gallery, theatre, café/bar and meeting rooms.

Opened in 1993, we offer one of the most comprehensive lending and information services in County Durham with a wide range of services, events and activities for you and your family to enjoy.

The library is on the ground floor of Bishop Auckland Town Hall - a French chateau-style building in the middle of the market place next-door to St Anne's Church.

The entrance to the town hall is level with easy access for wheelchairs. There is a hearing loop system in the tourist information centre on the ground floor and in the Eden Theatre on the first floor. There is a lift to the upper floors.

The library offers facilities that are accessible for people with disabilities, including a public computer with a large keyboard, adjustable table and trackerball. We have an accessible toilet on the first floor, which is open to the public from 10.00am to 2.00pm on weekdays.

Opening hours

  • Monday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
  • Tuesday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
  • Wednesday: 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Thursday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
  • Friday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Public holidays: closed

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

How to get there

The nearest bus stops are to the left of the front entrance, round the corner of the church and by the Job Centre on the other side of the market place. All other bus services through the town operate from the bus station behind the Newgate Centre, just four minutes walk away down Newgate Street.

There are a few free car parking spaces for drivers to the left of the church. During market days these are reserved for market traders. The nearest pay car park is in North Bondgate, a two-minute walk away.

Cycle parking facilities - there are currently no cycle parking facilities available at this library. The nearest facilities are 50 meters away in the Market Place.

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
  • language courses
  • music scores
  • public access computers

An access guide for this library is available at DisabledGo: Bishop Auckland Library

Council tax and housing benefits surgery

A customer surgery is available in the library on Thursdays between 10.00am and 5.00pm and on Fridays between 10.00am and 4.30pm for residents who would like to see someone about council tax or housing benefits. This is on an appointment basis. Please contact our Customer Services to make an appointment.

Facilities, groups and training

  • fax
  • display space
  • children's activities
  • storytimes
  • scanner
  • colour printer
  • colour photocopier