During Libraries Week this year we are encouraged to celebrate and explore how libraries are engaging communities in a digital world.

As an independent library we have limited resources to offer a full range of technical services. However we do our bit to help.

Jesmond Library offers one to one support on IT issues through our very popular drop-in sessions, 12.30-2.30 on alternate Saturdays, beginning 26th October. Slots are limited so you may wish to book ahead, either by calling into the Library or by telephoning 0191 281 2385.

We are extremely grateful to the students who volunteer their time to provide this service. These sessions are offered free of charge, but we do ask for a donation to the Library.

We are also grateful to Newcastle City Libraries for the continued presence of the eight Network computers. We do have only a limited number of guest tickets available so computer access is much easier for those who are already members of the City Library.

Our photocopier and scanner are much used by members of the public and by small local businesses.

Free wi-fi is available throughout the building.


But despite all the talk of digital skills and technological engagement, we are at heart a library with books. Real books, of all genres and on all subjects. Books that can be taken home, read and returned, then another selection chosen and enjoyed.

So why not switch off the technology, browse our library stock and lose yourself in a good book instead?

Time to celebrate

And as a rather fitting end to Libraries Week, we have an anniversary celebration planned! It’s now 6 years since the Library re-opened as a totally volunteer-run library and community hub, funded by public donation.  This year’s celebration will be on Saturday 12th October, 6-8pm. Do come along to celebrate with us and discover what has been happening over the last 12 months and find out what plans there are for the future.  The evening is open to all, volunteers and members of the public alike – refreshments will be available.