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In line with the Government Roadmap, from Monday 12 April the following Libraries will reopen to the public:

  • Stockton Central
  • Billingham
  • Thornaby Central
  • Ingleby Barwick
  • Norton
  • Yarm

During lockdowns we have been extending loan periods for all items to ensure that our customers were not building up charges on their accounts and to address any concerns that people may have in relation to Library charges. Staff will manage any charges that have slipped through this process as they are returned.

Services offered within libraries from 12 April include:

  • Book returns
  • Limited browsing (20 minutes)
  • ICT access (45 minutes pre booked)
  • Reservations
  • Click and Collect
  • Photocopying
  • Printing
  • Laminating 

Please Note: It is mandatory to wear face masks in libraries and you will be required to sanitise your hands on entering the library.

To keep you and our staff safe, numbers permitted within libraries have been reduced. Once we reach this figure, we will operate a 1-in-1-out system.

Returned books are quarantined for 72 hours before being re-shelved. Please place your returned books on the trolley provided at the entrance to the library.

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

All libraries are required to record details for Test and Trace for all people over the age of 16 years. These details are retained for 21 days before being disposed of securely.


Opening hours


Monday to Friday 10am–1pm and 2pm–4.30pm. (Closed for lunch between 1-2pm)


Billingham, Ingleby Barwick, Stockton and Thornaby Central libraries will be open 10am-2pm.

Norton and Yarm libraries will be open 10am-1pm.


ICT Access

ICT access is limited to 1 session per day of 45 minutes at the following libraries:


Contact Number

Billingham Library

01642 528084

Stockton Central Library

01642 526521

Thornaby Central Library

01642 528117

Ingleby Barwick Library

01642 528528

Norton Library

01642 528019

Please Note - ICT access is not available at Yarm Library.

Bookings can be made via telephone, at the end of a pre-booked session or if there is a session free when attending the library.

Staff will not book you on a computer part way through a session. This is due to the requirement to clean the ICT equipment at the end of every session.


Weekday Sessions


10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm


2.15pm, 3.15pm


Saturday Sessions



Stockton Central, Billingham, Thornaby Central and Ingleby Libraries

10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm

Norton Library

10.15am, 11.15am


The following Libraries are not yet open to the public:

  • Stockton Reference Library including the Family History Suite
  • Mobile Library
  • Fairfield Library
  • Roseworth Library
  • Thornaby Library (Gilmour Street)


The following services are not currently available:

  • ICT help
  • Newspapers
  • Children’s and Adult Activities( in person)
  • Outer Borough Reservations

We offer a wide selection of ebooks and audiobooks as well as online newspapers and magazines which you can access from your own home. For information about all online resources visit



We will be running an Amnesty from 12 April 2021 until 30 June 2021. During this time customers may return any items they have not previously returned for any reason prior to or during Lockdown.

Items returned during this time will see outstanding fines removed and in some cases will enable people to reinstate their membership and start to rediscover the joy of reading. Please speak to a member of staff for details.