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Whickham Library
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The History of the Library

  • Whickham Village Shopping Centre

  • Whickham Library Entrance

  • Whickham Shopping Centre

  • Whickham Shopping Centre

  • Whickham St Mary's Church

  • Whickham Front Street

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
Whickham Volunteer Library Association
9 Front Street, Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 4DN, UK
Tel : 0191 433 6424     Fax: 0191 433 6425
website: www.whickhamlibrary.co.uk
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