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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.

Changes to Opening Hours @ Rowlands Gill & Chopwell from April 13, Felling from April 20...
Changes to Opening Hours
Easter Opening Hours 2015 Easter Holidays April 3 - 6...
Easter Opening Hours 2015

Research Family History

Click here to get you started with building your family tree

Local History Month 2015

May is Local History Month!

Take a look at our fantastic programme of events and activities for this year.

Accessing Local Studies

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

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

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