The Darlington Lending Library is the only part of the building that is open at the moment, for ‘quick pick’ book borrowing. The branch library at Cockerton reopened on the same basis and celebrated its 50th birthday. It is not known when other areas of the library, including the Centre for Local Studies, will reopen. However, email enquiries are being answered where possible, and images are being added to the excellent digital photograph offer via the website and flickr. There are over 8,500 Darlington and regional images available for people to view via the Darlington Library website on the local and family history pages at https://www2.darlington.gov.uk/web/arena/local-and-family-history
There are albums of black and white Darlington photographs, collections taken by the late local historians, George Flynn and Vera Chapman, as well as the ever popular images by Owen Wicksteed for people to enjoy. There are theatre posters, Richardson & Ross designs, Prudhoe postcards and even photographs of the library itself. The library catalogue is also available via our website along with some general online resources and information, so research could be planned for when we do reopen. [Our thanks to Katherine Williamson of Local Studies for this report].