Building Renovations and Access:

To allow for work to progress on Darlington Library;

From Thursday 24th March - we ask that all customers use the East Street entrance of the building (nearest to Wilkinson's). If you require assistance to access the library please the use the new accessible lift at this end of the building. Please remember to press and hold the button until the lift has come to a complete stop. The lift at the Priestgate end of the library will be closed until further notice.

We continue to offer a reduced service at this time which includes: limited browsing, Select and Collect, book returns and limited computer use. The Centre for Local Studies will remain open and children’s activities including the Bookstart Rhymetime sessions will take place in our Art Gallery. Please be aware there will be no accessible toilet facilities at this time.

We would encourage customers to utilise our free select and collect service using the Library App, or by requesting books online or over the telephone. Our online library is always open. eAudio and eBooks as well as newspapers and magazines are free to read from the comfort of your own home.

The library is free to join and you can sign up online.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience while the work is being carried out.

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In line with the current government guidelines we are open for the following services:


Darlington Library

*Book borrowing and returns

*Computer use (limited to 60 minutes for library members and on a first come, first served basis)

*Study space is currently unavailable

*Bookstart Rhymetime sessions


Centre for Local Studies

*Limited study space (with restrictions)


Cockerton Library

*Book borrowing and returns

*Computer use (limited to 60 minutes for library members and on a first come, first served basis)


We will maintain our Home Delivery Service to those aged 60 and above.

To sign up to our Home Delivery service (for over 60s in Darlington) - Please telephone 01325 349610 or email

To use our Select and Collect service - please request your books in advance via our website, app or by telephone.

  • Download the Darlington Library app or use the Renew/Sign in link at the top of this page (tap on menu if you are on a mobile device.)
  • Log in using your library card and PIN.
  • Browse our extensive catalogue and reserve your chosen titles.
  • Once notified, you will be able to collect your books from your chosen branch.

Should you be unable to go online or require further assistance, please telephone us on 01325 349610.
Our opening times are as follows:

Darlington Library:

Monday: 9am - 6pm

Tuesday: 9am - 6pm

Wednesday: 9am - 5pm

Thursday: 10am - 6pm

Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday : 10am - 4pm

Sunday: Closed

Cockerton Library:

Monday: 9am - 2pm

Tuesday: 2pm - 7pm

Wednesday: 9am - 1pm

Thursday: 2pm - 7pm

Friday: 9am - 2pm

Saturday: 9am - 1pm

Sunday: Closed


Frequently asked questions:

How long are my books checked out for?


Books are checked out for a period of 21 days ( 3 weeks )

Will I be charged for overdue books?

No, there are currently no charges for overdue books.

Will I be charged for reserving books?


No, there are currently no charges for reserving books.

I have recieved an overdue notice, what should I do?

You can extend the loan period of your books by signing into your account on our website or app, or call us on 01325 349610. Alternatively, you may return them during our advertised opening hours - above - This is simply a reminder notice, there will be no charges for overdue books.

Do you have computer access/printing facilities at the Library?

Yes, we are currently offering computer access/printing on a first come, first served basis. It is limited to 60 minutes and for library members only. It is free to join the library (Please bring valid I.D.)

Can I sign up for the home delivery service?

We are offering a home delivery service to residents of Darlington aged 60 and above. There is more information on our website about this service including how to sign up here.

Can I join the Library service online?

Yes, you can apply for a Digital Membership. Just complete the online form here and we will send you a library card number and PIN via email. You can use this number to sign up for our digital services such as e-Books. If you wish to borrow printed books from the Library, please wait for your membership to be approved via email. You may then collect your Library card for book borrowing from Darlington Library, when you provide valid I.D.

Can I use any of the Centre for Local Studies facilities?


The Centre for Local Studies at Darlington Library is open (see hours above) However, we may be able to answer your query by email - our contact details are here.


Are you able to accept donations of books?

No, unfortunately we are unable to take donations at this time.


How do I sign up for e-Books?

If you are already a Library member, simply use your card number and PIN to sign up. Our digital reading page has more information. If you are not a library member, please use the online form here to sign up for a membership - we will process your membership as soon as we can.


When will Bookstart Rhymetime return?


Our Rhymetime sessions restarted on the week beginning Monday 10th January 2022.

Our sessions are for library members and are free. Places are strictly limited and are given on a first come first served basis using your child’s library card (no prior booking required just turn up for the session but we have limited places) There is further information on our Facebook page here.