In line with the latest government restrictions, Elephant Tea Rooms remains closed and this will be reviewed in line with the latest announcements by 16 December.

Houghton, Washington and the City Library at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens are open for click and collect services only:

Washington Town Centre Library - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 4pm

Houghton Library - Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am to 4pm

City Library at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens - Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

Customers will be allocated their designated collection time, as books are quarantined in advance of collection and on return. No access to the main library is allowed. 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.