Friday, 22 March 2013

Blakelaw Library

Since 2004 Blakelaw Library has been housed in a shared usage building. Blakelaw Neighbourhood centre on Binswood Avenue hosts: slimming groups, a senior cinema club, the history society, many other local groups and initiatives and the local branch library.

There is ample free parking at the centre and the building is warm and modern. There is a reception desk as you enter, where, unfortunately, I was greeted with a grimace and my cheery "hello" was met by silence, and the entrance to the library is just around the corner.

When I visited, the library was very busy as the weekly 'coffee and conversation' event was underway. There were other people coming and going to borrow and return items and the few computers that are available were all occupied.

Blakelaw Library is a vibrant meeting place and an important resource for the local community. Newcastle Council plan to close Blakelaw in 2013.


  1. The receptionist's grimace and silent treatment will not help to build a case against the library closure by Newcastle Council.

  2. Everyone has off days, I suppose. But, when you're on reception it is really part of your job description to be welcoming.

    Once I'd got past the unfriendly entrance, the library was warm and welcoming.