An open access, public library

The Northern Poetry Library, located in The Chantry in Morpeth, Northumberland, is the largest collection of post-World War II poetry in England outside London. There are over 15,000 volumes, including first editions, signed copies and runs of poetry periodicals.

Northern Poetry Library books, journals and magazines may be borrowed and reserved for free as part of the Northumberland library system. By joining Northumberland Libraries you automatically become a member of the Northern Poetry Library. You can reserve any of the books via the online catalogue and they will be available for collection at The Chantry or sent for free to your local library. To join, or for membership enquiries, please visit the Active Northumberland mylibrary website

Search the catalogue

The collection may be searched and reserved through the Library Online Catalogue. You will be redirected to the mylibrary portal. The search brings up all books available in the Northumberland Libraries system; those in the NPL collection are marked as Morpeth Chantry or Northern Poetry Library.

To restrict your search to Northern Poetry Library stock alone, you will need to conduct an advanced search in the mylibrary portal. Visit “Advanced Search” (top navigation), then limit your search by ITEM FORMAT and select Northern Poetry Library. You can also try LIBRARY and select Morpeth Chantry, for stock currently held at this venue.

Ask a librarian

Librarians are experienced in the business of refining searches and can help with suggestions. Phone 01670 623455 (ask for the Northern Poetry Library) or send an email

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.Jorge Luis Borges