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Book suggestions

Check out the book suggestions on our Pinterest page.

If you’re looking for a good book to read, we can help!

Who Else Writes Like ...

All our branches have a copy of the Who Else Writes Like…? readers’ guide to fiction authors. This book suggests alternatives to your favourite writers, helping you to find your next great read.

Reading groups service

Reading groups are a great way to meet new people and share a love of reading. Our libraries host friendly and informal reading groups which meet once a month and read a wide selection of books – mainly fiction – from debut authors to classics.

See our Reading groups section.

Quick Reads

Quick Reads are short, easy to read books written by bestselling writers and celebrities. Perfect if you don't have the time to read a full novel or want to brush up on your reading skills. Available to borrow from all our branches.

Visit The Reading Agency for more information.

Reading Well: Mood-boosting books

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups and are available to borrow from our libraries.

Visit the Reading Well website for more information.

Books in other languages

Books in other languages are available at North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay Customer First Centres.

Love2Read library card

Love to Read?  With our Love2Read library card you can borrow up to 20 books at a time and make unlimited free reservations, all for a £5 annual fee. Speak to a member of staff for details.

Suggest a book

Can’t find what you’re looking for? We welcome suggestions for books to add to our stock.

Contact any of our branches.

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