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Darlington’s main library is staying at Crown Street

Crown Street library pre-planning information event

Darlington Borough Council are providing an opportunity to explain their proposals for the Crown Street Library refurbishment  which  seeks to provide:

  • Improved access for all
  • Increased footfall
  • A strong events & activity programme
  • An improved  ICT infrastructure
  • Improved Local Studies
  • Improved toilet facilities
  • Respect for the building heritage

Come and view the plans and have your say.

Crown Street Library 30th January 2020

10:00am - 6:00pm

Although detailed plans for Crown Street have not yet been developed, thispresentation [pdf document] gives an idea of how libraries in other areas have been improved and enhanced.

The new proposed layout can be seen in the library plans[pdf document]. 


Crown Street houses the Lending Library, Reference Library, E-Library Computer Suite, Darlington Centre for Local Studies and the Crown Street Art Gallery, a gallery space championing exciting new artwork by local and regional artists.

Our branch library in Cockerton is a small and friendly community library with easy access and free parking nearby.

The Centre for Local Studies has a large and wide ranging collection of material relating to the Borough of Darlington and surrounding area. The department aims to collect and preserve historical and contemporary material and make it available to anyone with an interest in family or local history.

The Home Library service is available for Darlington residents of all ages who are unable to access their libraries due to ill health, disability or frailty and we provide books and audio books to Darlington’s residential care homes.

Our digital library gives free access to e-books, e-magazines and comics as well as a range of online reference material.

Both libraries have free Wi-Fi and provide the following services; Rhyme time sessions for pre-school children, holiday activities, Lego club, school visits, author visits, free computer access, printing and access to, while reading groups, a poetry group, knitting club and regular heritage tours are available at the Central Library.

Working with local and regional partners we aim to achieve the outcomes of the Government’s vision for the future of public libraries in England, as detailed in the DCMS report; ‘Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016-2021.’

A sustainable library service that meets the needs of Darlington residents and is available and welcoming to everyone. 

We want:

  • To increase access to library services so more local people have the opportunity to fully engage in education, learning, employment and community initiatives at Crown Street.
  • To ensure that the public library service within Darlington can respond to the community’s needs both now and in the future.
  • To keep books and reading at the heart of the Library service.
  • To support the town’s ambition that by 2026 Darlington is recognised for its world class heritage and as the birthplace of the modern railway, by:
    • Providing a range of creative and cultural activities for people to engage in;
    • Promoting awareness and enjoyment of Darlington’s heritage and culture;
    • Opening up access to the Centre for Local Studies, which tells the story of Darlington’s history.

We hope to see you at one of the events! If you can’t make it, you can give us your views email questions or comments on the plans to [email protected]by Friday 14 February 2020.