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This information was last updated 9 April 2021.

Our Select and Collect service is available at the following libraries:

  • Amble between 10am - 4pm on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's.

  • Bellingham between 10am - 1pm on Wednesday and 1pm - 4pm on Friday's. (starting week commencing Mon 15 Feb)

  • Blyth, Hexham, Morpeth between 10am - 4pm Monday - Friday and Saturdays 10am - 1pm.

  • Berwick between 10am - 4pm Monday - Friday.

  • Ashington and Cramlington between 10am - 2pm Monday - Friday.

  • Haltwhistle between 10am - 1pm on Monday and Wednesday's.

  • Rothbury between 10am - 2pm on Mondays and 10am - 4pm on Thursday's.

  • Seaton Sluice between 10am - 1pm on Wednesday's.

  • Wooler between 10am - 2pm on Monday

Step 2 of Library Service Recovery

From 12 April, most libraries will reopen for time limited browsing and prebooked PC access. Some are operating amended hours so please check before visiting. If you prefer to carry on collecting a selection of books made by library staff, you can but we are looking forward to seeing you and helping you choose whilst you are browsing.

Alnwick Library will remain closed until repair work is completed.

Cramlington Library will continue to operate Select and Collect until it closes on 21st April to move to the new Community Hub.

Books can be returned to libraries during these hours but don't panic! Fines on overdue books are currently suspended.

The mobile library will begin operating an amended schedule from 12th April too but access onto the vehicle will be restricted. Please check halt times by ringing 01670 620204

Our Reading Friends telephone calls and Doorstep Deliveries to library members will continue.

Our digital library continues to offer hundreds of e-Books, e-Audio, e-newspapers and magazines to read. If you are not a library member you can join online today and access our digital library with your temporary borrower ID.

Our virtual events programme will continue as we prepare the safe resumption of some of our face to face activities.

Our Digital Helpline is also still available for anyone who needs help with getting online or accessing online services. Call 0345 600 6400 and request a call back or complete this short form by clicking here.

The latest information about Northumberland Archives and how this service is affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This information was last updated 9 April 2021.

From Wednesday 21 April, the Berwick Record Office will reopen to the public. Opening hours will be Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm.

Appointments and document requests must be made in advance via Eventbrite. For further information, please e-mail or telephone 01289 301865. 

Please note only the Berwick Record Office will open at this time. The main office at Woodhorn will open later. 
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The latest information about Museums Northumberland and how they are affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This information was last updated 25 March 2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Woodhorn Museum, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, Hexham Old Gaol and Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum will all remain closed to the public at this time.
For more about these museums and online information please go  to