What you can borrow

Quick Picks

Our Quick Picks service is available from Monday. 

Where is Quick Picks available?

The service is available at most of our Libraries. It is not available from Longbenton and Cullercoats at the moment, but you can still order books to collect from either.

How does Quick Picks work?

Visitors can browse library shelves for up to 20 minutes.

There will be hand sanitiser available at the door, a one-way system and masks are mandatory unless exempt.

Please be aware that there is a maximum capacity so you may have a short wait.

Visitors will be asked to use the self-service machines, which are cleaned regularly.

When are the Libraries open for Quick Picks? 

10am–12pm and 1pm-4pm on weekdays, and 10am-1pm on Saturdays.

Wallsend, Whitley Bay, North Shields & White Swan (Killingworth) open Monday to Saturday.

John Willie Sams Centre (Dudley), Battle Hill, Howdon, Forest Hall, Wideopen & Shiremoor, open Tue, Thu, Sat.

Monkseaton open Tues, Fri, Sat

Computers will be available, but in reduced numbers and for a limited amount of time. They must be pre-booked by telephone. More details here.

You can still use the Order and Collect Service at these libraries, details below.

Order and Collect

Order and Collect

Order and Collect is available from all of our Libraries.

What is it?

Using Order and Collect you can select specific books from our catalogue or ask our staff to put together a selection for you.

Computer access - We will also have very limited availability for computer use, click here for details.

Where is Order and Collect operating?
The Order and Collect service is available from all North Tyneside Libraries.

North Shields Customer First Centre - 0191 643 5270

Killingworth Customer First Centre - 0191 643 2040

Wallsend Customer First Centre - 0191 643 2075

Whitley Bay Customer First Centre - 0191 643 5390

John Willie Sams Centre - Dudley 0191 643 2035

Oxford Centre -Longbenton 0191 643 2750

Battle Hill Library - 0191 643 2255

Forest Hall Library - 0191 643 2085

Howdon Library - 0191 643 2070

Monkseaton Library - 0191 643 2072

Shiremoor Library - 0191 643 2036

Wideopen Library - 0191 643 2071

Cullercoats Library - 0191 643 2073

When is it available?

North Shields, Whitley Bay, Wallsend, Killingworth, Oxford Centre, John Willie Sams Centre - Monday to Saturday

Battle Hill, Forest Hall, Howdon, Shiremoor, Wideopen - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Monkseaton, Cullercoats - Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

What times will it be available?

On the days the libraries are open the Order and Collect service is available as follows:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:00. Saturday: 10:00 to 13:00


Requesting Books
You can go on the Online Library Catalogue – https://capitadiscovery.co.uk/northtyneside - and request specific books, you will need your library membership number and PIN. You can then select which of the participating sites you would like to collect you books from. When our staff have your books they will give you a ring to let you know when you can come and collect them.

You can give your preferred participating library a ring and ask for a selection of books, this could be a particular genre, books by authors that you enjoy or books on a non-fiction subject. Library staff will select books for you and then give you a ring to arrange a collection time. The telephone numbers are above.

You can also use the telephone option to request particular books if that is easier for you than using the online catalogue.

Collecting your books
When we call you will be given options for collection, the day and am/pm.
When you arrive at the library your books will be issued and waiting for you to collect at or near the entrance.
All of the buildings have safe distancing measures in place and you will need to wear a face covering.

Books on loan
The participating sites have receptacles available for you to place books that you are returning. Just drop them off in these and we will make sure that they are safely handled.
There are currently no fines on overdue items, and there is no pressure to get books back.


Adults - standard membership..

You can borrow:

  • 8 Books for 28 days
  • 8 Talking books for 28 days
  • 4 DVDs for 7 day
  • 2 Premier Collection DVDs for 3 days

There may be charges for non-book items, and there are variations in loan periods for people with hearing or visual impairment or physical disabilities.

Adults - Love2Read

Adults with a Love2Read membership can borrow:

  • 20 Books for 28 days
  • 8 Talking books for 28 days
  • 4 DVDs for 7 days
  • 2 Premier Collection DVDs for 3 days


Children can borrow:

  • 8 Books for 28 days
  • or 8 Story tapes for 28 days
  • or 8 Story CDs for 28 days