About Us – a library run by volunteers

In November 2018 South Tyneside Council handed over East Boldon Library to enthusiastic local volunteers to run The Library, and to fundraise to cover the costs.  Boldon and Cleadon Community Library was born.  All our volunteers are local and worked with the Council for several months to prepare for the handover. Since that time our volunteers have worked hard to keep the Library open and develop its services.  We are hugely encouraged by the support we have received from the community.

Our library is more than just a library, more than a place just for books… it is a meeting place for community groups, a place to visit when you feel lonely or just need company, a venue for learning new skills or listening to talks about interesting topics, a place to study and above all else, it is a place at the heart of our community.  It is a library run by volunteers, by the community for the community.

Various book shelves in a library

We have extended the opening hours. On the first Tuesday of every month we have a programme of speakers on a diverse range of subjects, including local history, politics, the natural world and art and literature. Where else could you hear about the Eccentric Brontës, the Stained-Glass windows of Durham Cathedral, The Leas and Coastal path and Forensic Science, but The Library?

Now, The Library needs you to keep it open. The Library needs around £25,000 a year to keep going and folks like you to come and support us


A popular event is our monthly quiz night with teams pitting their wits against each other to win a cash prize. Ideal then for those who aren’t afraid of a little competition! (It is amazing the food people bring to quiz nights!)

External organisations host short courses here at The Library, including the Workers Educational Association (WEA), covering topics such as family history and politics and information & guidance sessions held by, for example, Age Concern, dedicated to supporting adults in the community. Individuals, too, offer art classes, language courses and creative skills.

Our future Quizzers are not forgotten! Baby Bounce introduces babies up to 18 months to music, movement, toys and books. Jiggle and Wiggle for toddlers (12-36 months) continues with interactive nursery rhymes and songs with story and Story Tots for toddlers (18-48 months) adds themed craft activities to the mix.

We are proud of The Library service that we have developed. Whether you are bringing your family to arts and crafts, looking to use our computers or seek advice, or fancy a go at that quiz, we look forward to welcoming you…oh and we lend books!


Fiona Heaton

Gail Barkel

Joanne Keighley

Lesley Cross

Les Watson

How can we help you better?

We love to hear from people who use the Library telling us how much they enjoyed their visit or attending an event.  We regularly ask people to fill in feedback forms so that we can keep doing those things that people like, improve on things where necessary, and give people an opportunity to suggest ideas that will keep the Library vibrant and relevant to our community. However, sometimes, with the best will in the world, we get things wrong.  We want to hear from you, if that is the case, and we have a complaints policy to help you decide which is the best way to go about it.  To find the complaints policy please click here.

Dementia Friendly Initiative

In September 2019 we launched our Library Dementia Friendly Initiative which includes being a committed and active member of the South Tyneside Dementia Action Alliance, raising awareness of dementia with our volunteers and the wider community, ensuring the library is dementia friendly in its layout & signage and the creation of an Information Hub which is a ‘one stop shop’ for information on services and support that is available in the local area for those living with or affected by Dementia.

To find out more about this great initiative and to see what we have planned next click here. 

Our Constitution

For those technically minded among you, not only are we a new form of Library, we are a new form of Charity!  We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, referred to as a CIO.  This is a new type of legal format for a registered charity. The intention is to give charities like us limited liability without having to register as a limited company at Companies House.

We have added our constitution here if you want to read the rules that regulate our internal workings.  If you don’t want to, we won’t be offended.  We also have to live by the rules relating to charities which can be found at The Charity Commission website.

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The Library is managed and run by volunteers and not by South Tyneside Council

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