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This information was last updated 29 June 2020.

Following the government’s recent announcement, Northumberland County Council are now planning for a phased reopening of its library services from Monday 6 July 2020.

It is expected that a number of libraries across the county will be able to offer an order and collect service in the first few weeks of opening.  Collections will only be available by appointment and it is expected that there will only be limited numbers of visitors who may access library buildings at any one time,

Unfortunately, there will be no browsing, no access to computers, printers, photocopiers or public service in person at libraries across Northumberland at this time.

Community Managed Libraries will be fully supported by the County Council and these will be encouraged to reopen at their own pace.

All loans will be automatically updated until libraries reopen and fines will not be charged for late returns to residents after 23 March 2020 and therefore customers should not worry if they have books at home.

Our enhanced digital online offer with hundreds of free eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines newspapers is available for residents to use at 

If you’re not already a member, or know somebody who could benefit from these services, follow this link to It's easy and it's free.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to our libraries in the future.

In the meantime, do keep in touch by following us on facebook and/or Twitter @NlandLibraries where we are posting information, advice and sharing what we are doing including reopening information  If you, or anyone you know, needs support to access our digital library, please contact our Northumberland Communities Together Hub on 01670 620 015 and we will be happy to help.
The latest information about Northumberland Archives and how this service is affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Archives - Service Updates

This information was last updated 23 April 2020.

To help protect public and staff the Northumberland Archives, study centres at both Woodhorn and Berwick will closed on 20 March 2020 until further notice.

In line with government advice and the recommendations of our professional body regarding COVID-19, the public areas of the archive are not 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 26 June 2020

Following the recent guidance Museums Northumberland are working with partners on plans for safe reopening. They are awaiting the outcome of a number of funding applications which will allow a number of necessary changes to be made to allow them to open safely. 

Please keep checking their website for further updates - 

In the meantime, there is lots for you to explore, share and try on their website. Relive Miners’ Picnics Past, share your Lockdown diaries or recreate the Pitmen Painters.