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Borrow board games from Newcastle Libraries

Our board game lending collection features a large selection of great modern board games. Check out the collection on level 3 in City Library, or check out our smaller collections at Fenham, Kenton, High Heaton and Gosforth Libraries.

With over 300 modern board games, there is something for everyone. If you're just starting on your board game journey, there are some great family games. Dobble and Jungle Speed are classics, but for younger gamers you can find popular titles like Animal upon Animal, Bandido and a large selection of HABA games.

Modern classics like Catan, Citadels and Ticket to Ride offer a great introduction to the modern board gaming hobby, but you can also check out some of today's most popular titles: Azul, Wingspan and Kingdomino have all been huge break-out successes in recent years. And if you're looking for something big and challenging, you can borrow and try games like Root, Scythe or Terra Mystica.

What you need to know

  • You must have a full library membership to borrow board games
  • You can borrow three games at a time
  • The loan period is two weeks
  • Board games can be renewed twice, each time for a further two weeks
  • You can reserve games at any of our libraries
  • Board games can be returned to any of our libraries


We host regular events throughout the year, taking part in International Games Week and hosting a regular three monthly board game drop-in event.

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Learn to play

If you visit Newcastle Libraries' YouTube page you'll find our how-to-play series, in which Andrew from the board game team teaches you the rules for some of our favourite games. Find out how to detect the werewolves lurking in Miller's Hollow, take a trip in the airship of Celestia, learn the best strategies of Chess-like game Hive and find out why Codenames is the coolest new word game in town.