The Society's seal and three photographs


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Click here for the complete list of journals

Click here for the map collection list

We share the library, on the second floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock, with the Natural History Society of Northumbria and Newcastle University's Cowen Library. It is open to all to use and fully accessible. Please check the library’s website for their opening hours, more information about all three collections and library facilities.

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 collection. (You are welcome to consult books from the other collections while in the library, but not to take them away.)

Follow this link for a list of our acquisitions in the last few months.  The Society's Annual Report for 2022 gives details of our current and recent activities. At intervals we also feature an interesting book from our collection; follow this link for details.

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. Follow this link for a complete list. Some of these journals are available on-line to members. We also have a very substantial collection of maps, recently catalogued by Mike Barke. 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 areas. Members may request access to these from the librarian (please get in touch in advance of your visit if you require particular items).

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.

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 collection, or the Cowen collection, you might like to consult Library Hub Discover to find out whether there is another library nearby which does have it.

Occasionally, volunteers are needed to help with projects within the Library. We will put a call-out via our email when such projects arise.

For queries, please e-mail the SANT Honorary Librarian. For general library queries, please see the library’s website or get in touch with the Librarian. 


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