Gateshead Libraries Consultation

illustration of a community park with people playing and exercising

Help shape the future of the local library service in Gateshead by taking part in a public consultation on proposed changes. Under the new proposals, some library buildings would be transformed into community spaces that bring together key council services, voluntary and community organisations and neighbourhood groups.

The proposed changes would see Gateshead Council enter into partnership arrangements with local community and voluntary organisations, who will bring their expertise and specialisms to support the running of these community spaces. In addition, to improve reach, library staff will offer library services in other community buildings, as well as support outreach work. Libraries currently being considered as community spaces are those located in: Chopwell, Crawcrook, Leam Lane, Pelaw and Wrekenton. The proposal does not include Gateshead Central Library and Archive, or the libraries at Blaydon and Birtley, which will continue to be operated by Gateshead Council. It also does not mean a reduction in staff or the closure of any library sites.

The closing date is Friday 16 January 2022

Complete the questionnaire online (paper copies are available at the libraries)

To support with the libraries consultation, Connected Voice is consulting with a cross section of people who use voluntary and community services to capture their voice about the future of libraries in the borough. If you operate in Gateshead and would like us to speak with your service users, please get in touch with Rowan Lees -

To enable library users to ask questions regarding the consultation process and the future of library services, Gateshead Council is hosting a series of drop-in sessions:

  • Monday 15 November, 2 to 3.30pm at Birtley Library
  • Tuesday 16 November, 2 to 3.30pm at Gateshead Central Library
  • Wednesday 17 November, 2 to 3.30pm at Blaydon Library
  • Thursday 18 November, 10 to 11.30am at Pelaw Library
  • Saturday 20 November, 10 to 11.30am at Crawcrook Library
  • Monday 22 November, 2 to 3.30pm at Leam Lane Library
  • Thursday 25 November, 10 to 11.30am at Chopwell Library
  • Thursday 25 November, 5 to 6.30pm at Gateshead Central Library
  • Friday 26 November, 10 to 11.30am at Blaydon Library
  • Saturday 27 November, 10 to 11.30am at Pelaw Library
  • Monday 29 November, 10 to 11.30am at Gateshead Central Library
  • Tuesday 30 November, 2 to 3.30pm at Crawcrook Library
  • Wednesday 1 December, 10 to ;11.30am at Birtley Library
  • Thursday 2 December, 2 to 3.30pm at Chopwell Library
  • Saturday 4 December, 10 to 11.30am at Leam Lane Library