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Interested in the history of Gateshead or researching your family tree? At Gateshead Central Library we have books, newspapers, maps and photographs that can help you in your studies.

We also hold electoral registers, census and church records and local trade directories. You can get free access to online resources like Ancestry or attend workshops to teach you how to use them.  And regular family history surgeries are held at our site in St. Mary's Church on the quays, which provides a range of events and activities to enhance your research.

Find out more about your Gateshead ancestors, the history of the Gateshead area and how to begin your research.



An Edwardian Shopaholic at Christmas with costume historian Meridith Towne...
An Edwardian Shopaholic at Christmas
Best of British & U.S. Crime Authors visit Central in the New Year...
Best of British & U.S. Crime

Research Family History

Click here to get you started with building your family tree

First World War

Find out how we are commemorating the First World War in our libraries and at St Mary's Heritage Centre.

Accessing Local Studies

Books, pamphlets, newspapers, maps and photographs. Search our collections for titles and topics

libraries@gateshead.gov.uk

Gateshead Central Library
Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4LN
Tel: 0191 433 8430

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