BALTIC’s Library is free to use, open to all and a great place to find out more about contemporary art & design and visual culture. Browse our collection of over 12,500 books or read a selection of magazines on contemporary art and design. There are also computers to access our online archive of over 600 videos and audio recordings on BALTIC exhibitions or view thousands of archive images and documents.

This relaxed drop-in area is open seven days a week during gallery opening hours, 10.00-17.45. The Library is reference only. You don’t need an appointment to use the Library but booking is advised if you would like to access our full range of archive material.

BALTIC Archive contains thousands of items and a wealth of information related to BALTIC's entire history and ever changing exhibition and events programme. From the pre-opening programme, the outsize newsletter publications which began in 1998 through to video documentation of our most recent artist talks and live events.

Original floor plans, architectural information, press cuttings, 1000s of digital photographs, printed materials, interpretation guides for virtually every exhibition and audio recordings of critically engaged discussions on contemporary art all reside in BALTIC Archive and document its journey from flour mill to the present day gallery.

BALTIC Archive items are catalogued and available to search and browse on BALTIC+, which also lists all of the books in BALTIC Library. A vast amount of this archive material can be viewed digitally online and a fuller selection can be viewed on computers in BALTIC Library.

We also have an artists' book collection and a burgeoning zine collection, both are viewable by appointment only.

To book an appointment, contact Sarah Bouttell, BALTIC Producer (Documentation, Library & Archive) via email at or call 0191 440 4959.