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Beanstalk is looking for new volunteers across Middlesbrough to become reading helpers in a number of primary schools and nurseries in the area. Come and meet us on 31st January between 10am and 12noon at Middlesbrough Central Library to find out more.

We're looking for new volunteers to work in schools and nurseries across the North East, but would love to talk to anyone who is interested in our work and to hear about how you can help to create a new generation that love reading.

If you can't join us on the day please do visit our website
or call Beanstalk on 0845 450 0301

Central Library

The Central Public Library was officially opened in 1912 by Alderman Amos Hinton. Built on two plots of land, one donated by Sir Hugh Bell, the other by Alderman Amos Hinton, the foundation stone was laid in 1910 and the building, sometimes known as the Carnegie Library, was officially opened on May 8, 1912. Featuring a classical design selected from 203 submissions, its architects were Messrs. S. B. Russell and T. E. Cooper, of Gray's Inn Square, London.

In its original form, it provided a lending library where boys' and girls' sections were separated by a screen, a ladies' reading room, a central news room with a separate entrance in Grange Road, and on the first floor were the law and patent and reference libraries. This was Middlesbrough's first purpose-built premises to house its public library.

Further contact information

Lending Library: 01642 729002;

Reference Library: 01642 729001;

Opening times

Monday 9.30am-7pm
Tuesday 9.30am-7pm
Wednesday 9.30am-5pm
Thursday 9.30am-7pm
Friday 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 9.30am-5pm
Sunday Closed