Re-opening for in-person browsing!

From Monday 12th April

I am delighted to be able to say that on Monday the library will be re-opening for people to come in and browse and borrow books in person, not just for Ring and Read.
As you will know, non-essential shops can re-open from Monday, and libraries, community centres, hairdressers and various other businesses can also return to admitting members of the public. The hold up in confirming what we can do at Low Fell Library has been because we have been waiting for an update on various roof-leaks that appeared during winter. We have now been informed that these have been repaired, so we can put the buckets away and let people in
We are returning to the situation we had in the autumn – library users should be logged in to Track & Trace when they come in to the library either with the NHS phone app and the QR code we have on display, or giving details at the desk. People (unless exempt) should wear a face mask and use hand sanitiser, and we expect them to stay no longer than 15 minutes
Returned books should still go in the black book tub for quarantining and discharging/reshelving three days later. We can do photocopying for the usual charges, and there are still no library fines. We won’t be taking reservations yet and there will be no public computer access, newspapers or refreshments at present. Ring and Read remains an option for those who need or prefer it.
For the moment we are keeping the current 10-12/2-4 opening times - see full details below.
I hope you and those closest to you are safe and well, and that you are able to enjoy some of the increasing freedoms as we emerge from lock down. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

With best wishes
Frank Hindle
Chair, Low Fell Library Association

Opening Hours

Monday          10:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00
Tuesday         10:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00
Wednesday    10:00-12:00
Thursday        10:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00
Friday             10:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00
Saturday        10:00-12:00
Sunday           Closed

How to Ring and 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*

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 BorrowBox 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.

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 LowFell Admin
  • 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 LowFell Admin
  • 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 LowFell Admin
  • 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 LowFell Admin
  • 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 LowFell Admin
  • 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 LowFell Admin
  • 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 LowFell Admin
  • 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 LowFell Admin
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News and Upcoming Events

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  • Spring at LFLA The Low Fell Gardeners continue to keep our garden at the library looking beautiful. Last year they planted more daffodils for us in memory of our much missed colleague, Brian ...
    Posted Mar 25, 2021, 3:26 PM by LowFell Admin
  • Mission Christmas Appeal Low Fell Library Association have donated 102 books to the 2020 Mission Christmas Cash For Kids Appeal. Donated gifts are distributed to children, who may otherwise not receive any Christmas ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2020, 6:26 AM by LowFell Admin
  • 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 LowFell Admin
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Books - New Arrivals

  • New Titles for the New Year The Burial Circle by Kate Ellis Lethal Game by Christine Feehan Marrying Simone by Anna Jacobs A Time For Mercy by John Grisham The House Of A Hundred Whispers by ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2020, 6:37 AM by LowFell Admin
  • New Titles for December The House On Carnaval Street by Deborah Rodriguez Letters To The Midwife by Jennifer Worth The Debs Of Bletchley Park by Michael Smith Touch Wood by Duncan Hamilton Felt Decorations ...
    Posted Dec 15, 2020, 2:47 AM by LowFell Admin
  • 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 LowFell Admin
  • 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 LowFell Admin
  • 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 LowFell Admin
  • 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 LowFell Admin
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