Libraries during Covid
Libraries Services will reopen as follows. Please check regularly for updated information in line with ongoing Government guidelines.
From Monday 12 April 2021
Houghton Library will open Monday - Friday 10am-4pm
Washington Town Centre Library will open Monday - Friday 10am-4pm
Please note that there will be no activities/events such as Time for Rhyme, Storytimes or Reading Groups until further notice.
City Library will open Monday - Friday for pre-arranged Click and Collect only. Books can be reserved by using your library app on any device and staff will contact you to appoint a designated pick up date and time. Further information can be found on How to use Click and Collect.
Local History Library @ ETR will remain closed until further notice.
Public access IT will be available by pre-booked appointment only by contacting the following phone numbers:
Houghton Library - 561 6382
Washington Town Centre Library - 561 3443
Fawcett Street Customer Service Centre - 0800 234 6084
Customers who continue to stay at home can still enjoy a fantastic range of services online. Please let your friends and family know and encourage them to subscribe to our e-book, e-audio and e-magazine service. For non-members it is easy to join over the phone or online. We want to ensure that everyone in the city can access reading for pleasure, to expand their knowledge, be entertained, learn and be inspired.
We continue to offer a wide range of digital services for all ages, to encourage reading for pleasure and reduce feelings of isolation during the ongoing crisis.
Free to access from your home computer, tablets, iPads and smartphones, a diverse library of e-books, e- audio books for all ages, family history and academic subjects to interactive nursery apps and storytelling to download for young children. You can browse, select, read or listen to books by your favourite author or choose a much loved literary classic whenever or wherever you are. There is something for all the family.
Get the latest on celebrity gossip with a virtual copy of Hello magazine or indulge your hobbies with publications covering topics such as food and drink, health, gardening and many more or how about delving into your ancestors past by accessing Find My Past to open over 4 billion historical records and start building that family tree you always planned to.
All you need is your library membership and PIN number. If you do not have these or wish to join please visit our join the library and renew books page or contact us on 0191 561 3443 or email email@example.com
Our Books at Home service will continue although some delivery days may change but customers will be contacted in advance. New customers are welcome. We will also add more stock to our Ebooks and E audio for adults and children to enjoy.
Customers can return items and deposit them in the Book Return boxes at the entry point of each library during the revised opening hours. Please note no fines are being charged.
Books at Home service
Did you know that Sunderland Libraries Service offer a Books at Home delivery service? We have our own volunteers to deliver books and audio items to customers who are unable to access a library themselves. If you feel this may be of interest to someone you know, it's FREE to join, simply contact your Library Services.
Enjoy a selection of locally themed online jigsaws sourced from images within our Local History Library collections. New jigsaws are added regularly.