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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Reader Development


Find out about our latest book promotions and discover new books at your local library. We have authors and poets visiting our libraries throughout the year so watch the library events pages for details.


Reader's Groups

Have you ever wanted to talk to someone about the last great book that you read - then why not join one of our library reading groups? Groups meet once monthly and usually all discuss one title. Some of the groups in Stockton Borough are recruiting new members now - once the groups are full we will add your name to our waiting list. Contact your local library for more details.

Support for existing Reader's Groups
If you are already in a readers' group in Stockton Borough the library service can support your reading by supplying sets of books from our Reading Resource Collection sited at Thornaby Central Library. If you would like more details about any of our Readers' Groups or our Reading Resource Collection please ask at your local library or contact Jen Brittain, Reading Resources Librarian:

You can also visit and share information about your reading group and see the offers available to book groups.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Library Services

Stockton Library service offers a range of adult stock and information of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender readers both with an LGBT theme and/or written by LGBT authors. New titles are added to stock regularly. 

We recently added a range of LGBT books suitable for young people to our Teenage sections. Please ask a member of staff at your local library who can provide a list of these titles.

Visit the LGBT website for further information.


Crossing the Tees Book Festival

Now an annual event, the Crossing the Tees Festival. This literary festival is spread across the Tees Valley and has something to appeal to all ages with its wide and varied programme of events. 


Mobile Library Service

The Mobile Library takes the service to parts of the Borough where there is no static community library within easy reach. The stock and services available are the same as those found in a community library but on a smaller scale.

The Mobile Library has an Information service covering such topics as blood donor sessions, bus and train timetables, leisure courses, council services and facilities etc. The Mobile Library operates on a three weekly schedule, visiting on a set day and time and at a designated place.

Please note that the timetables below are subject to change:


Home Library Service

The Home Library Service provides materials to those who are unable to use a Community Library due to illness, disability or frailty. The service can be permanent or temporary, for example, where someone may be recuperating from an illness or accident. Users will have access to the same range of materials as those found in a community library which will be delivered direct to the individual's home. Visits are made on a three weekly basis and at a regular time by our staff who carry identification. This service is free of charge and requests to receive it can be made by individuals themselves, relatives, friends or carers.

Please note that the timetables below are subject to change:


Hospital Library Services

For over 40 years a dedicated team of hard working volunteers have delivered books to the patients of North Tees Hospital on behalf of Stockton Library Service.  During your stay in hospital, if you fancy a good read just look out for our volunteers who will be happy to offer you a wide selection from their trusty trolley. The trolley service is as follow:

Surgical wards - Tuesday and Friday afternoons

Elderly care - Wednesday mornings