The Society's seal and three photographs


Important Notice: Coronavirus. With the re-opening of the Great North Museum at the beginning of September, the library will also be opening up for returns, and click-and-collect for loans. Follow this link for details. Any books currently out on loan have been automatically renewed until 30 October. Borrowers have been contacted individually by e-mail to confirm.

Click here for the latest additions to our library

We share the Library, on the top floor of the Great North Museum, with the Natural History Society of Northumbria and Newcastle University's Cowen Library. It is fully accessible for anyone with disabilities.

Follow this link for full information about all three collections, and this one for our current shelf-list. Our Annual Report for 2019 gives details of our current and recent activities. At intervals we also feature an interesting book from our collection; follow this link for details.

The Library has wi-fi access, and a public access laptop is also available for members of NHSN, SANT, University students and staff, and any customers who want to access online information that complements and enhances the collections available in the Library.  There is no charge but users are required to abide by an Acceptable Use Policy, a copy of which they must sign before their session begins. You can book the laptop prior to your visit by phone,  0191 208 3555, or send an e-mail.

We own around thirty thousand volumes, mainly relating to the Society's area of interest covering all periods of the history of the north east of England. In addition, we take 91 journals, either by direct subscription or by exchange for Archaeologia Aeliana,with other societies in Great Britain, Ireland and Western Europe. Some of these journals are available on-line to members. We also have a very substantial collection of maps, recently catalogued by Mike Darke. Follow this link for a catalogue of these.

 Most recent volumes are in the Public Access area. Older or rarer books are in the Controlled Access or Rare Books areas. Members may request access to these from the librarian.

Other books are in the overflow store at the Discovery Museum, or at the Bagpipe Museum, Morpeth. A number of books with additional manuscript material bound are in Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn. Follow this link for  the complete shelf list.

When the library is open, all members are welcome there. If you bring your SANT membership card, you can then borrow books and journals from our section. (You are welcome to consult books from the other sections while in the library, but not to take them away.)

Apart from the most recent additions, books in the Great North Museum library are recorded in the Newcastle University library catalogue. If you cannot find a book on the shelves, please ask the librarian.

If you need a book and it is not in our library or the University's, you might like to consult COPAC (the National, Academic, and Specialist Library Catalogue) to find out whether there is another library nearby which does have it

Volunteers are needed to staff the library on a regular basis, and to carry out other tasks.  Please contact the librarian if you think you may be able to help. For queries, please e-mail the librarian, or for library queries only phone on 0191 208 3555. 

In the future, don’t forget your past