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This information was last updated 23 March 2020.

All libraries will be closed to the public from 12 noon on Monday 23 March 2020. 

Following the Government’s advice in relation to further measures regarding social distancing, it’s important we protect both our residents and our staff. The council is now planning to restrict public access to our buildings from 12noon on Monday 23 March 2020.

We will now be moving our libraries service to a fully digital and online offer, with requests for books to be facilitated via community groups wherever possible, including assisting our most vulnerable residents e.g. large print requests etc. Libraries will also move to provide a telephone befriending service, including doorstep deliveries which our community fleet will assist with. We are also preparing further digital and online content, and supporting and helping to coordinate any community offering that is needed through a volunteer programme which we will announce details about over the coming days.
Customers can find a range of audio, ebooks and magazines via the BorrowBox and RB Digital apps, which can be downloaded from the library website -
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The latest information about Northumberland Archives and how this service is affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Archives - Service Updates

This information was last updated 19 March 2020.

To help protect public and staff the Northumberland Archives, study centres at both Woodhorn and Berwick will be closed from 20th March until further notice.

In line with government advice and the recommendations of our professional body regarding COVID-19, the public areas of the archive will not be open.

We will continue to answer emails and post on social media. Please check our twitter and FaceBook pages for updates.

As many staff will be working from home, we hope that researchers will understand that we can't offer our normal range of services. Response times might be a little longer than usual and we will be unable to provide copies of documents. We are very sorry for any disruption that this may cause. Thank you for your patience.

Although original documents aren't available at the moment, please do have a look at some our online resources:

The latest information about Museums Northumberland and how they are affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This information was last updated 17 March 2020

Due to the Government’s decision to move to the ‘delay phase’ in relation to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, Museums Northumberland has taken the following decision with regards to public access to their four museum sites.

Woodhorn Museum
Woodhorn Museum will remain open to the public until Sunday 22 March (unless the advice from Government changes before that time). We are currently exploring the possibility to keep the museum grounds open, whilst closing the buildings on site, after this date and will provide an update as soon as possible.

Whilst open to the public, enhanced cleaning services will be in operation at Woodhorn Museum.  To protect our staff and visitors everyone is advised to follow NHS advice and respect social distancing within the grounds. Facilities for all on site to wash their hands regularly are available.

Forthcoming events and all schools’ visits have either been cancelled or postponed to a later date.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the advice of health authorities and Government bodies.

Berwick Museum and Art Gallery  
The opening of Berwick Museum and Art Gallery for the summer season has been postponed until further notice.

Hexham Old Gaol
The opening of Hexham Old Gaol for the summer season has been postponed until further notice.

Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum
Opening will be determined by the opening of the Chantry building. The Museum currently remains open and is not staffed. Groups who regularly use the space are discouraged from gathering and forthcoming events and performances will be cancelled or postponed until further notice.

We are monitoring this situation. Please check the website and our social media channels for the latest information and updates. Thank you for your understanding during this time.