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The Word Library

The Word

For more information on the latest events and exhibitions, opening times and directions, please visit The Word website. The Word is also available to follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields, NE33 1JF

The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, South Shields

The Word Library opening times
Monday - Thursday9am - 7pm
Friday9am - 5pm
Saturday10am - 4pm
Sunday10am - 4pm

The Word Library has over 70,000 books in stock for you to choose from. You don't have to be a resident of South Tyneside to take advantage of the vast range of books, you simply need to be a member of South Tyneside Libraries.

There are a number of events, workshops and talks that you can access without being a member, check out  The Word: What's on.

Who is The Word for?

The Word is for everyone, regardless of age, background or circumstances. It is a highly accessible and family-friendly place that is welcoming to all.

Do you have to be a library member to use The Word?

Everyone is welcome to come and experience The Word and there will be plenty on offer for visitors who don't wish to join. But to get full use of all that the Library offers - including free Wi-Fi, borrowing books and using computers - you need to become a member.

How can I join the library?

For information on how to join, see  Join the library.

Are all the books for loan?

Most of the books are available for loans except some specialist reference and local history material.

Can I return books at other libraries?

Books can be borrowed from and returned to any library in South Tyneside.

How much does it cost to join the library?

Library membership is free.

Do I need a new library card to use The Word?

No, if you are already a member of South Tyneside Libraries you will be able to use your card at the Word. If you are not a member it is free to join.

How many public computers are at The Word?

48 computers with colour and mono printing.

Events and activities at The Word Library

  • Name
    Wobbly Walkers
    Location
    The Word Library
    Time
    2:00pm to 3:00pm
    Cost
    Free
    Description
    Structured, interactive music and rhyme sessions for families with toddlers.
  • Name
    Write Together
    Location
    The Word Library
    Time
    10:00am to 12:30pm
    Cost
    Free
    Description
    Come along to our friendly mutual support for writers of all genres
  • Name
    Baby Bounce
    Location
    The Word Library
    Time
    10:30am to 11:30am
    Cost
    Free
    Description
    Gentle finger, knee bouncing and action rhymes for babies.
  • Name
    Mat Making
    Location
    The Word Library
    Time
    11:00am to 12:30pm
    Cost
    Free
    Description
    Try your hand at a traditional craft.
  • Name
    Knit and Knatter
    Location
    The Word Library
    Time
    10:00am to 11:30am
    Cost
    Free
    Description
    Come along to one of our friendly, welcoming library knitting groups.
  • Name
    Jiggle and Wiggle
    Location
    The Word Library
    Time
    2:00pm to 3:00pm
    Cost
    £1.00
    Description
    Action, finger, nursery rhymes and singing fun for toddlers and pre-school children. Everyone welcome just pop along and join in!
  • Name
    Baby Bounce
    Location
    The Word Library
    Time
    10:30am to 11:30am
    Cost
    Free
    Description
    Gentle finger, knee bouncing and action rhymes for babies.
  • Name
    Wobbly Walkers
    Location
    The Word Library
    Time
    2:00pm to 3:00pm
    Cost
    Free
    Description
    Structured, interactive music and rhyme sessions for families with toddlers.
  • Name
    Library Storytots
    Location
    The Word Library
    Time
    2:00pm to 3:00pm
    Cost
    £1.00
    Description
    Stories, crafts and songs for pre-school children.
  • Name
    Library Storytots
    Location
    The Word Library
    Time
    10:30am to 11:30am
    Cost
    £1.00
    Description
    Stories, crafts and songs for pre-school children.
  • Name
    Wobbly Walkers
    Location
    The Word Library
    Time
    2:00pm to 3:00pm
    Cost
    Free
    Description
    Structured, interactive music and rhyme sessions for families with toddlers.
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