Books and reading

Online library catalogue

Browse our library catalogue, or renew your items at our online catalogue page.

Book suggestions

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

Black History Month

The theme for Black History Month 2023 is 'Saluting our Sisters'. Highlighting the crucial role Black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change and building communities.

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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 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 Customer First Centre. We also have eBooks available via BorrowBox, our digital library.

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.

Reading groups

Reading groups are a great way to meet new people and share a love of reading. View our reading groups pages here.

Adult book lists

Great reads for discovering diverse voices and special collections - check out our book lists below.

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Children's book lists

Great reads for every young reader. Find a mix of historical and fantasy fiction, humour, adventure, and mystery. 

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Home Educator Card

A Home Educator card will allow you to borrow up to 15 books from any of our public libraries for 28 days.

This is in addition to a personal card.

Choose from a huge range of board books, picture books, graphic novels, younger stories, older fiction, and information books suitable for all ages from birth to teens.

We have books that will appeal to every child regardless of age or reading ability, including a Dyslexia Friendly Collection, Dual Language Picture books and Reading Well for Young People collection.

Dyslexia Friendly

Barrington Stoke publish books with dyslexia-friendly fonts, off-white paper and careful spacing between words to help reduce visual stress.

Quick Reads are bite sized books by bestselling writers, boosting reading skills, confidence and engagement in learning - great for young adults who like to read.

Borrowbox, an eBook and eAudiobook app, has a feature where you can change the font to a dyslexia-friendly version and make the text larger.

Graphic novel illustrations can help to carry the story forward and help readers if they lose their place.

Read along Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Junior Edition has a read along button at the top of every page.

Coloured overlays are available in our larger libraries which may make reading easier and more comfortable for some children.