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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable until 7.00am on Thursday 18 August: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit overpayments service and our welfare assistance form. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Following the lifting of Plan B Covid-19 restrictions, face coverings are no longer mandatory in libraries. To ensure the continued safety of our staff and customers, we would encourage you to wear a face covering when visiting our building and respect other people's space. Hand sanitising stations are available at each site.

Library services to your door

Books on Wheels and the Bookbus provide library services to people who are unable to get to our library buildings.

Books on Wheels


Our Books on Wheels service is running a contactless doorstep book drop service.

You can also borrow ebooks, eaudiobooks, emagazines, enewspapers and ecomics free of charge.

Apply to use the Books on Wheels service

Books on Wheels is a free service that delivers books to people who have mobility problems and who cannot use their local library, or have no one able or willing to go to the library for them.

The Books on Wheels service has over 80 volunteers and assistants who deliver a selection of books and talking books to readers at home every three weeks. They can also find out information and answers to enquiries on a wide range of subjects, from practical help to quiz questions.

The Bookbus


Our Bookbus is not operating due to Covid-19.

If you are a library member you can borrow ebooks, eaudiobooks, emagazines, enewspapers and ecomics free of charge. Fines will not be charged while this is in place.

The Bookbus provides a mobile library service to older people and people with disabilities in residential homes, day care centres and sheltered housing schemes throughout County Durham.

The Bookbus visits over 50 homes, centres and schemes on a three weekly rota. It is designed around the needs of people who use the service, and is fully accessible to everyone. A wide selection of books are available to borrow in hardback, paperback, large print and talking books. Contact us for more information.

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

Contact us
Books on Wheels
03000 263 789