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The Word Library

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Phased reopening of Council libraries

In line with the Government's announcement that libraries can reopen from Saturday 4 July, we are preparing for the phased reopening of Council-owned libraries in South Tyneside.

For more information see Coronavirus (COVID-19): Phased reopening of Council libraries.

Online services and resources

Some libraries are providing online services such as live rhyme time sessions and online story times.

For more information see Libraries Connected.

For more online educational resources available, see Coronavirus: Educational resources

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 and Twitter.

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

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