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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.




Information at your fingertips...
Library App Available Now
Tuesday 16 September @ Whickham...
A Tribute to Tommy
Now available to view and search online
Gateshead First World War Roll of Honour
Visit the centenary garden @ St Mary’s Heritage Centre
WW1 Memorial Stone Restoration

Family History

Click here to get you started with building your family tree

First World War Centenary

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

our Collections

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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