11 May 2023

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Outer West Library building to relocate ahead of rebuild

Temporary changes to library services in the Outer West will begin from this weekend.

Photo shows the outside of the Outer West Library building in Newcastle.

From 2pm on Saturday 13 May the Outer West Library will close to the public ahead of construction work starting on a new library building for the local area.

A temporary library is due to open while demolition and building work takes place. An exact opening date for this temporary service is still to be confirmed but is expected to be around mid-June.

The temporary building will be in the car park of West Denton Leisure Centre, directly behind the current building, and will offer the full range of library services, including regular story times, free access to computers, free public wifi, printing and photocopying.

Staff at the existing library will begin packing everything up ready for the move after the building closes on Saturday and, until the temporary service is in place, people can use alternative library services, with the nearest being at Denton Burn and Newburn.

People who have borrowed items from the Outer West Library are also being given longer to return them, with return dates extended until the end of July. Alternatively items can be returned to any other library in the city.

People who are affected by the temporary changes in the Outer West and are unable to access library services elsewhere in the city may be able to use the libraries’ Home Delivery Service | Newcastle City Council.

This is delivered in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service and offers delivery and collection of books direct to your home each month.

Your Homes Newcastle’s weekly drop in sessions at the Outer West Hub will not take place during the building work. Customers can still access face-to-face services, either by attending the drop in at the Galafield Centre in Newbiggin Hall on Thursdays from 10am-11am, calling on 0191 278 8600, or emailing the team at outerwest@yhn.org.uk.