The Library Service provides a free and accessible gateway to knowledge and information, recreation and leisure, culture and enjoyment.

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Online Library

View the Online Library [external link] - request, reserve and renew books, as well as view our online resources. You can search our catalogue without being signed in. 

Digital Reading

Darlington Libraries offer a variety of ways to enjoy digital reading at home or on the go - Free as part of your Library Membership.

Access some great titles on your tablet, smartphone, computer or digital audio player.

Digital Books and AudioBooks

Borrow up to 10 books at a time from our growing collection.

Items are automatically returned after 21 days, unless you return them early, so there are never fines for late books!

Digital Magazines

  • Stream or download as many magazines as you like from our collection of more than 50 popular titles
  • You can keep them on your device for as long as you like
  • Don’t worry if you missed an issue, we have loads of back issues too!
  • Digital Comic Books and Graphic Novels
  • Choose from thousands of Comic Books and Graphic Novels to download or stream
  • You can check out up to 25 titles at a time for a 7-day period

For more information and to create an account follow this link to the Digital Library webpage [external link].

Central (Crown Street) Library

Crown Street Library [external link] houses the Central Lending Department, Reference Library and Centre for Local Studies. It is also home to the Crown Street Gallery, a gallery space championing exciting new artwork by local and regional artists.

Responsibilities for Crown Street Building

Crown Street, Darlington DL1 1ND

Telephone: 01325 405004
Fax: 01325 381556
[email protected]

Opening times

Monday and Tuesday: 9am-6pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9am-5pm
Thursday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-4pm

Cockerton Library

Cockerton Library [external link] is very much part of the local community, with events for adults and children and access for people with disabilities.

The Green, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9AA

Telephone: 01325 461320
[email protected]

Opening times

Monday: 9am-2pm
Tuesday: 2-7pm
Wednesday: 9am-1pm
Thursday: 2-7pm
Friday: 9am-2pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm
Sunday: Closed

Centre for Local Studies

The Centre for Local Studies [external link] is based at Crown Street Library and contains records, maps and local newspapers to help you trace your local and family history.

Telephone: 01325 349630
Fax: 01325 381556
[email protected]

Opening times

Monday and Tuesday: 9am-6pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9am-5pm
Thursday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-4pm


Find out more about events taking place at our libraries


Membership form [pdf document]

Once you have completed this form please bring it into one of our libraries with proof of identity.

DCMS complaint assessment - December 2017