Rhyme Time is back!

We have confirmed that our volunteers are ready to re-start Rhyme Time from Monday 18th October 😊😊😊

Mondays 9:30-10:15

Tuesdays 9:30-10:15 & 10:50-11:30

Thursdays 10:00-10:45

Rhyme Time – Safety Information

In order to maintain your safety, and that of the staff during the present pandemic, we kindly ask if you could observe the following when attending Rhyme Time.

Since we need to limit numbers 8 places can be pre-booked on-line with a further 4 available in the library on the day. Booking will be available on the Thursday of the week before the event. Places are per adult each of whom can bring up to 3 children, however the cost is £1.00 per child irrespective of age. Payment must be made in advance when booking online. Places taken on the day can be paid in cash or contactless.

Tickets and availability for upcoming sessions can be seen at https://ticketsource.co.uk/lowfell


Ongoing Covid precautions

Please sanitise your hands on arrival.

On your arrival please report to the front desk to allow the staff to check off your name against the booking sheet and provide a phone number for traceability. No more than one adult per child permitted in the Community Room.

We would be grateful if you could wear a face covering in the main library and respect social distancing with other library users who may be vulnerable. The wearing of face covering during Rhyme Time is at personal discretion.

If the community room is open please progress through to avoid crowding in the main library.

An Air purifier with UV-C will be operating to reduce (although not eliminate) virus transmission in the community room.

To enable social distancing please only sit on the orange chairs and NOT the double-stacked grey chairs.

All toys will be quarantined and chairs will be changed between sessions in accordance with the latest direction from HSE and Government advice.

At the end of the Rhyme Time session we would be grateful if you could replace your face covering before entering the main library to make use of the other library services or leave. Please try to respect other people by not crowding.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in enabling us to provide Rhyme Time in the safest possible way.

Terry Wileman

Health and Safety Officer

New Books - Exclusive to Low Fell Library

We have a range of new books recently purchased by our volunteers - please come in and browse our New Books Shelf!


A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day by Captain Tom Moore

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30-17:00

Tuesday 9:30-17:00

Wednesday 9:30-13:00

Thursday 9:30-17:00

Friday 9:30-17:00

Saturday 9:30-12:30

Sunday Closed

Public computers now available

Low Fell Library have 3 PCs for library members aged eight years and over and it's free to use our computers. Due to social distancing the number of computers available has been reduced.

Services include:

  • computers with internet access and Microsoft Office

  • printing (a small charge applies), photocopying and scanning

  • wifi

  • fax'

News and upcoming events

Now you can support the library one click at a time. We have joined up with Amazon who will donate 0.5% of the cost of your purchases to us - just follow the link, sign up and start shopping. If you use the app you can still support us by following the instructions on smile.amazon.co.uk. Either follow the link in this post or use the box below and get started...

Recycle your old ink cartridges The library is also now able to offer a place for you to leave your used inkjet printer cartridges, for recycling via The Recycling Factory, where these are remanufactured. All the proceeds generated from the subsequent sale of these remanufactured cartridges will be donated to the British Heart Foundation.

Recycle your batteries Putting batteries in household waste is dangerous. Putting spent batteries in our new recycling bin is easy, convenient and good for the environment

Did you know... If there is a book you'd like to read that is not on our shelves and not available to reserve, you can request that Low Fell receives a copy. We will take details of the books you want and pass on that request to Gateshead Central Libraries. Not all requests can be fulfilled but we have received many titles that our readers have asked for and which have become firm favourites.

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, who sadly passed away in 2020

Latest New Books

New for May 2021

Thrillers -

Never Ask Me by Jeff Abbott

The Banker’s Wife by Christina Alger

Hidden in Plain Sight by Jeffery Archer

Cover Your Tracks by Claire Askew

A Gambling Man by David Baldacci

To Kill a Man by Sam Bourne

Double Agent by Tom Bradby

Saturday Bloody Saturday by Alistair Campbell

The Castaways by Lucy Clarke

Death Awaits in Durham by Helen Cox

The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean

The House of the Hanged Woman by Kate Ellis

The Package by Sebastian Fitzek

Guilty Not Guilty by Felix Francis

The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths

Sooley by John Grisham

Watch Her Kill by Erin Kelly

If Looks Could Kill by Olivia Kiernan

Devoted by Dean Koontz

The Hunting by Stephen Leather

The Demon Club by Scott Mariani

Rage of the Assasin by Edward Marston

Tragedy on the Branch Line by Edward Marston

Operative 66 by Andy McDermott

1st Case by James Patterson

The Coast-to-Coast Murders by James Patterson

Till Murder do Us Part by James Patterson

Private Moscow by James Patterson

The Red Box by James Patterson

The Russian by James Patterson

Good Girl by Mel Sherratt

Remain Silent by Susie Steiner

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson

Rules for Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

Her Last Holiday by C. L. Taylor

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

The Nemesis Manifesto by Eric Van Lustbader


The Railway Girls in Love by Maisie Thomas

Summer in Greece by Patricia Wilson

The Steel Girls by Michelle Rawlins

The Lonely Wife by Val Wood

The River Home by Hannah Richell

A Wedding in the Olive Garden by Leah Fleming

The Searcher by Tana French

Killing Eve: Die for Me by Luke Jennings

Turncoat by Anthony J. Quinn

The Hermitage by L.J. Ross

The Cornish Cream Tea Christmas by Cressida McLaughlin

The Autumn of the Ace by Louis de Bernières

The Dead of Winter by S.J. Parris

When the Lights Go Out by Carys Bray

20th Victim by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

The Fading of the Light by Charlotte Betts

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

The French Wife by Diney Costeloe

A Daughters Return by Josephine Cox

The Promise by Lucy Diamond

Secrets at Bletchley Park by Margaret Dickinson

The Last Beserker by Angus Donald

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

A Wedding in the Country by Katie Fforde

A Sister’s War by Molly Green

The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle by Sophie Green

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Coming Home to Brightwater Bay by Holly Hepburn

The Surplus Girls’ Orphans by Polly Heron

The Gates of Athens by Conn Iggulden

A Widow’s Courage by Anna Jacobs

My Lies, Your Lies by Susan Lewis

And Now You’re Back by Jill Mansell

Here and Now by Santa Montefiore

The 24-Hour Café by Libby Page

The Forgotten Orphan by Glynis Peters

An Officer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

A Family Reunion by Patricia Scanlan

The Affair by Danielle Steel

The Spark by Jules Wake

The Lonely Wife by Val Wood


Crucible of Hell by Saul David

Eat Better Forever by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

The Nanny State Made Me by Stuart Maconie

Wake Up by Piers Morgan

Diary of a Rural GP by Michael Sparrow

I Miss Mummy by Cathy Glass

The Prison Teacher by Mim Skinner

See previous arrivals on the New Books page

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

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.

Join us

Book Reviews

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 Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Run out of a sprawling California campus, The Circle links users' personal emails, social media, and finances with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of transparency. Mae can't believe her great fortune to work for them. Even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at The Circle becomes increasingly public......

More book reviews here, or submit your own review of one our Low Fell Library titles here.