National lockdown during November

Sadly, during this period of lockdown we are not able to open for in-person browsing nor public computer access. However, we will continue to operate our 'Ring & Read' service by telephone, online and by email. Photocopying will still be available. We will continue to waive all fines that fall due during and after lockdown. We will update our website and send out our newsletter by email as we update our plans. We would be grateful if you would pass on our news to those of our customers without digital access.

How to use and access Ring&Read and our current opening hours are detailed below.

Thankyou for your patience during this difficult time. 

Ring & Read

Low Fell Library will continue to offer our 'ring and read' which allows you to request up to 6 books, giving details of the kind you like and our librarians will select appropriate titles which you can collect when convenient. All you will need to do is fill in the online form by clicking Ring&Read, email us at lowfelllibrary@gateshead.gov.uk or ring 0191 433 6408 during our revised hours and tell us about the sort of books you like to read. We will choose some books for you and let you know when you can collect them. We are happy to choose books for each member of your family too - if you have children we will supply age appropriate titles for them. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept requests for specific titles at this stage.

Library books may also be returned from this date and there are no fines to pay. Remember to have your library ticket to hand when you ring or fill in the form!

We are unable to provide a delivery service however, if you are shielding at home you may request a doorstep delivery in exactly the same way from Gateshead Council-run Libraries.

Please check our Facebook account and website for more updates.

*Not everyone is online - if you know anyone who might be interested but not digital please pass on details of accessing this service by telephone*

Opening Hours

From 5th November 2020 and until further notice the Library will be now be open: 

Monday       10:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00
Tuesday      10:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00
Thursday     10:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00 
              10:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00
Saturday      10:00-12:00 

E-Books from Borrow Box

Borrow Box
You can also borrow books electronically via Gateshead Library's Borrow Box scheme more details below (we will also be including flyers advertising the service in our book collection bags).

The digital collection gives you 24 hour access to thousands of e-books and hundreds of e-audiobooks. It's available to all Gateshead library members. 

With Borrowbox you can:

  • borrow up to 10 eBooks and 6 eAudiobooks free of charge for 3 weeks
  • avoid fines as books are returned automatically at the end of your loan period
  • return books before the end of the 3 weeks - we would encourage you to do this as there is currently a big demand for titles
  • renew your eBook or eAudiobook twice - you will be prompted to do this
  • reserve the title and you will receive it on the date that the book is due to be returned - you may even receive the book earlier if it is returned before the due date 
  • join the online book club that meets on Facebook - just look for
All you need is your Library ID (the code on your green ticket beginning DD9) and your pin. If you don't have one or have forgotten it just call the library and we will be happy to set up a new one. To get started just click on the Borrow Box logo above.

Want to join us?

If you're not already a member and wish to access our 'Ring & Read' service just follow the link below and you will be prompted to fill in a web-form. You should be contacted shortly thereafter and you will be able to request your first books and make an appointment to collect them. Please bring proof of address when you come for your first order.

Book Reviews

  • More book reviews here, or submit your own review of one our Low Fell Library titles here.
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers The Circle by Dave Eggers Terry reviewed this book. It can be found on the shelves, or reserved at, Low Fell Library.   When Mae is hired to work for The ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2020, 7:15 AM by lf lf
  • Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid June enjoyed this book, which can be found on the shelves, or reserved at, Low Fell Library.   The dead talk. To the ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2020, 6:52 AM by lf lf
  • In the Light of Morning by Tim Pears In the Light of Morning by Tim Pears Eileen enjoyed this book, which can be found on the shelves, or reserved at, Low Fell Library.   May 1944. High above the ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2020, 6:47 AM by lf lf
  • I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes Carol enjoyed this book, which can be found on the shelves, or reserved at, Low Fell Library.Can you commit the perfect crime? Pilgrim is the codename for a man ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2020, 7:03 AM by lf lf
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman Terry reviewed this book, which can be found on the shelves, or reserved at, Low Fell Library.This book is extremely funny, poignant and sad. There is the progressive unveiling ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2020, 6:55 AM by lf lf
  • The Long Call by Ann Cleeves Cathy enjoyed this book, which can be found on the shelves, or reserved at, Low Fell Library.In North Devon, where the rivers Taw and Torridge converge and run into ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2020, 6:46 AM by lf lf
  • Wylie: The Brave Street Dog Who Never Gave Up by Pen Farthing John enjoyed this book, which can be found on the shelves, or reserved at, Low Fell Library.For a street dog born in the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan, to be ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2020, 6:37 AM by lf lf
  • Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman Jennifer, one of our customers, enjoyed this book. It can be found on the shelves, or reserved at, Low Fell Library.On the twentieth anniversary of the death of Rebecca ...
    Posted Feb 11, 2020, 7:15 AM by lf lf
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News and Upcoming Events

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  • 10×10 Young person’s booklet ’10×10 Creative Gateshead’ was developed in collaboration with the Best of Bensham Collaborative. The activities were created by 11 Gateshead artists, in collaboration with 10 Gateshead community and creative ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2020, 7:01 AM by lf lf
  • Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020 For children aged 4-11 aimed at encouraging young readers to borrow, explore and read our range of books. We have age specific titles on dinosaurs, joke books, adventure stories ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2020, 6:22 AM by lf lf
  • New Ring and Read service! Hello to all of our library users! It’s been a few months since we posted on our website, but we’re back to let you know about our plans ...
    Posted Jun 30, 2020, 6:51 AM by lf lf
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Books - New Arrivals

  • New Titles for November 2020 Blood On The Water by Ann Perry The Love Song Of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce  The Bourne Retribution by Eric Van Lustbader Wars Of The Roses by Conn ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2020, 7:09 AM by lf lf
  • New Books for October Novels The Confession by Jessie Burton The Testaments by Margaret Atwood The Foundling by Stacey Halls The Storm Child by Rita Bradshaw   Thrillers The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves The ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2020, 6:36 AM by lf lf
  • New Titles For September Fiction A Wartime Wish by Kitty Danton Our Dark Secret by Jenny Quintana Truly, Madly, Like Me by Jo Watson Let Me Go by Casey Watson Five Hundred Miles From ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2020, 7:18 AM by lf lf
  • New Science Fiction, Adventure, War And Sea, Large Print & Talking Books Obelisk by Stephen Baxter, The Perils Of Command by David Donachie, On a Particular Service by David Donachie, Surrender To The Ruthless Billionaire by Louise Fuller, A Marriage Worth Saving ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2020, 7:39 AM by lf lf
  • New Fiction Titles For 2020 Nutshell by Ian McEwan Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead Moving On by Millie Gray Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut        The True Naomi Story by A.M. Goldsher ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2020, 7:18 AM by lf lf
  • New Titles for March Gone By Midnight by Candice Fox The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine The Family by Louise Jensen The Museum Of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman The Stranger Inside ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2020, 4:27 AM by lf lf
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