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  • find out which books and spoken word items are currently issued to you;
  • renew items if necessary;
  • check on items which you have reserved;
  • book a computer;
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There are over half a million books and spoken word items available in County Durham's libraries. You can...
  • search the stock database, and if you are a member you can request items;
  • find out which books and spoken word items were borrowed most last month;
  • browse through full lists of the spoken word and large print collections, in alphabetical order;
  • check for titles recently added to stock;
  • view our recommended reading lists.


There are thirty nine libraries located throughout County Durham. In addition, there is a mobile library service. You can see details of locations, opening hours and facilities.


As a member of Durham County Council's Library Service you have full, free, access to the following:

Ancestry Library Edition - Historical census information. Trace your family tree, house history and much more

British Standards - Access to British Standards Online

Encyclopædia Britannica - Junior, Student and Adult editions

Oxford Online - Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Grove Music Online, and more

eBooks - a wide range of eBooks. Provided by Borrowbox

eAudioBooks - a wide range of eAudioBooks. Provided by Borrowbox

eMagazines - popular current and archival content for streaming and download with permanent checkout. Provided by Borrowbox

eNews - thousands of daily newspapers. Provided by Borrowbox

Book Sale

Members of the library can buy second-hand copies of library books that are surplus to requirements.
Books purchased can be collected from any Durham Council Library. Please note that these are ex-library books; they contain library markings and show signs of wear.

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