Libraries Week

Our trustees and volunteers work hard to ensure every week at Jesmond Library is special.

However the first week in October has an extra dimension being designated ‘Libraries Week’ by CILIP, the library and information association. 

This year #LibrariesWeek has particular significance here at Jesmond Library as October sees a return to normal activities for library members and also for the wider community who use and value our wonderful building. 

Grand Reopening Celebration

The month began with the annual meeting on Saturday 2nd October which was a cause for celebration, as you can see from the photographs.

Once again the Library is a place where you can find newspapers to read, chairs to sit and chat, enjoy a coffee, use public computers, print and photocopy – and of course browse and borrow lots of new books.

The children’s area, with its smart new double glazed windows, has come alive again with the return of the toys, car mats and tables with paper and crayons.

And here too there are wonderful new books for our younger members to borrow, and comfortable seating for families to sit and read together.

Room bookings and in-person events

Many groups are now returning and meeting in person at the Library, Thursday Evening Talks are resuming, and room bookings are again being taken. 

Contact or visit our What’s On page for more information.

New volunteers are joining us and are currently being trained. And we have seen a rise in the number of new members asking to join the Library.

Revised opening hours

  • Tuesday 10 am – 4 pm
  • Thursday 12 midday – 6 pm
  • Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

About Libraries Week

All photographs by David Whinham

Libraries Week is a week-long celebration of the nation’s much-loved libraries, with a focus in 2021 on supporting active and engaged communities and the central role that libraries play in their community as a driver for inclusion, sustainability, social mobility and community cohesion. Organised by CILIP, the library and information association, and supported by partners including Arts Council England, The Reading Agency, Libraries Connected, London Libraries and the School Libraries Association. Join in the #LibrariesWeek conversation and find out more at @librariesweek #LibrariesWeek.