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History of Whickham Library
Whickham hasn’t always had its own library – originally Brompton House on Ravensworth Terrace in Dunston housed the library services for Dunston, Swalwell and Whickham. Books would be sent around the communities on a mobile book van, and a ‘pop-up’ library opened for a few hours a week in local halls.
When Whickham did get its own library it was housed in various places; at one point it was in a room in The Hermitage at the West end of the Front Street. In 1968 the library got its own building in Chase Park. As the population of Whickham grew, with the building of new housing estates the management of the sub-libraries was transferred from Dunston to Whickham, becoming a divisional library.
Front Street was developed as a shopping centre, and a new purpose-built library was included in the plans. The library as we know it now was opened on 26th September 1975.
In 2017 Gateshead Council reorganized the provision of libraries in the Gateshead area, as part of that reorganisation Whickham Library became a Volunteer Library. In July of that year the library re-opened now staffed by a team of approximately 50 volunteers, Whickham Volunteer Library Association was born and on the 23 April 2018 became a Charitable Incorporated organisation registered with the Charity Commission.
Situated in the heart of the village, Whickham Library is very much part of the community, offering a wide range of books and services delivered by friendly helpful people.
The view to the North
The secret garden
Whickham Library Garden
The Whickham Library garden is now open for you to spend some time enjoying the garden's flowers, birds, butterflies and peace and quiet away from the bustle and noise of Whickham's busy shopping area. If you are not sure where it is just come into the library and one of the volunteers will lead you to it.
The garden is now looked after and maintained by members of the Whickham Library Volunteers Association since the Friends of the Whickham Library merged with us earlier this year due to the shortage of volunteers in that group.
If you would like to help us look after the garden in any way please let us know and your help would be gratefully accepted.
Want to become a member of Whickham library
To join Whickham library, which is run by a team of volunteers, just call in with proof of your name and address and you will get a library card for use at our library. Please note that cards issued can't be used elsewhere.
Acceptable identification includes:
- Current driving licence
- Recent council tax bill
- Electricity, Gas, Phone or Water bill
- Recent Bank or Building Society statement
If you are under 16 years of age, you can join the library with a parent or carer's signature. If your parents can't come along to the library with you, your ticket will be posted to your home address. You'll also need your parents' permission to use our computers.
Once you have obtained your membership card you will have access to all of the library facilities.