Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans for great experiences



The library has moved on! We still do the books bit, ensuring we always have the very latest titles, but we do so much more. 

The overall aim of Stockton Libraries and Community Information Service is to provide a quality, relevant, accessible and modern service which is responsive to the needs and lifestyles of the users it aims to serve.

We are here to serve the community and provide a welcoming environment, open and free to all. We have reading groups for all ages, fun activities for children and families, homework clubs, support sessions, local history studies, basic ICT training and all of our libraries have free internet access, with free WiFi in a number of branches, our library events run throughout the year with something for everyone.


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Northern Children's Book Festival Gala Day

Northern Children's Book Festival was established in 1983, a result of collaboration between the 12 library authorities in the North East, and we became a registered charity in 1992. 

Meet Gala Day 2016 authors and illustrators, Cathy Cassidy, The Two Steves, Vivian French, Guy Bass, Tracey Corderoy, Philip Ardagh, Paul Cookson, Gabrielle Kent, Jonny Duddle, Alan Windram, Barry Hutchison, Holly Sterling and many more in Middlesbrough Central Library and in mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art on Saturday 19 November. 

More information can be found on the Northern Children's Book Festival website.


Stockton Reading Challenge

18 Books : 12 Months. Are you ready to read?

Running from February 2016 to January 2017, it's fun and easy to get involved. All you need to do is borrow and read one book from each of the 18 categories, that's just over 1 book a month. The categories are fun and flexible, and there's no set reading list, so you choose the books that you want to read. You could also win an iPad Mini and a range of other prizes.

For more information, take a look at our Stockton Reading Challenge page.