Borrow board games from Newcastle Libraries

Our board game lending collection is the largest in the UK, and it features some great modern board games. You can borrow family games like Dobble and Jungle Speed, modern classics like Catan and Ticket to Ride and new favourites like Azul and Wingspan.

Seasoned board gamers can check out our bigger, more complex games; games like Terra Mystica, Terraforming Mars and Cosmic Encounter.

Borrow from our large collection

You can visit our board game collection on level 3 in City Library, or check out our smaller collections at Fenham and Kenton Libraries.

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.