Why are you moving the library?
The Word, the National Centre for the Written Word, opened in October 2016 as a new cultural venue of regional and national significance as well as home to North East Writers. This 21st century facility now houses the Library and attracts visitors from South Shields and the wider North East, acting as a catalyst for economic growth.
The prominence of the new location, with the river on one side and Market Place on the other provides the central location and setting the new building deserves.
Will I need to re-join the library?
The Libraries team worked hard to ensure there was little or no disruption to library users.
Why is the building circular?
The building was chosen from an architectural design competition and it met the Council’s requirements for design quality and sustainability for a Library.
Will it cost anything to enter and use the Word?
Public access to the building is free.
When will The Word be open?
The Word opened in October 2016.