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Renew / reserve books

How to renew / reserve books online

To increase your online security and to enable us to add new features to your library catalogue, you now require both your library card number and a unique PIN to renew and reserve items. 

This is the same as the PIN you use to access our eBook system and our library computers.

In most cases it is based on the day and year of your birth - for example if your date of birth is the 25 December 1972,  your PIN will be 2572.

If you experience any difficulty please email, telephone 0191 427 1818 or contact your local library. Please have your library card with you or in the case of email and telephone enquiries, please state the number clearly.

Renew books online

  • Avoid late fees
  • Renew your books from home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Keep track of all of your library loans and when they're due back

Renew books online

Renew over the phone

Phone: 0191 427 1818

Renew in person

Visit your local library: Find a library

If you need any help please call us, quoting your borrower number, on 0191 427 1818 or email

You must be a registered member to reserve / renew books online, if you are not a member you can Join the library for free.

Reserve a library book

If you can't find the book or item you want and it is in stock or on order, you can reserve it.

When it's ready to collect, you can choose to be told by telephone, email, text message or post. There is usually a charge for this service.

Sometimes books are very popular and requested by a lot a people. If this happens, your name will be added to a waiting list.

To reserve a book:

  • Search the library catalogue to see if it's available
  • To reserve a copy, click on the 'reserve this item' button

Search the library catalogue and reserve books

Stock suggestions

You can also make suggestions for stock. We can't guarantee that we will buy these items but your suggestions will be looked at by a member of our team.

Please be aware that books that we do decide to buy will not be automatically reserved for you.

Library stock suggestion


You can borrow and renew eBooks with a South Tyneside Libraries card, find out more about eBooks, eAudiobooks and online magazines .

South Tyneside libraries app

You can access a range of services on the app from borrowing, reserving or renewing a title, finding out information about opening hours and events taking place at your local library and lots more.

The South Tyneside libraries app is available to download on the Apple Store and Android.

For more information or to download the app, please see:

South Tyneside libraries app

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