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The leaders of the seven local councils, the North of Tyne Mayor and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner encourage people to work together to move out of Tier 3 as quickly and as safely as possible.

Join the library

If you live, work or study in County Durham, you can join the library. Joining our library is simple and membership is free.


Find out more information about our Pick and Collect service that let's you borrow books from our libraries.

You can borrow ebooks, eaudiobooks, emagazines, enewspapers and ecomics free of charge. Fines will not be charged while this is in place.

See our libraries YouTube playlist with regular content and information.

You can borrow up to twelve books for three weeks at a time and can borrow and return your books to any of our libraries.

Join online

When you join the library online, you can begin using our online services such as ebooks and online magazines straight away. 

Visit Library Online to register

When you join online we will ask you to choose your home library. Once you have joined and collected your library card from your home library you will be able to use any of our libraries across the county.

Join in person

Visit any of our libraries to become a member, it only takes a few minutes and you can start using the library straight away.

You will also need to bring one form of identification with you which must include your name and address such as a driving license, council tax bill, rent book, benefit book, bank statement, gas or electricity bill.

No proof of address? No problem! We can issue you with an interim ticket so that you can borrow up to three books and also use the computer.

Lost cards

Don't worry if you lose your library card. We can cancel your card and issue you with a new one (charges may apply). 

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