The Kittiwake Trust

Multilingual Library

our patron

After the library had been running a few months, we approached Professor David Crystal, author of over a hundred books on language, to ask if he would be our Patron.

He agreed enthusiastically.

He visited the library in April 2016 and gave a talk that is available here

We are indebted to Professor Crystal for his continuing support and advice.

His website is here

the kittiwake trust

The Multilingual Library is a project of the Kittiwake Trust,  registered charity 1165318.

You can find more information about the Trust and the Trustees here

our philosophy

There is no such thing as a foreign language, just languages you don't understand.

Words are vitally important.

We never say 'asylum seekers' -

If they need defining further than human beings or refugees we use

the term 'asylum applicants'.

Feel the difference.

Words like 'diversity' suggest the opposite.

We are all notes in a melody that resounds around the globe.


We moved (reluctantly) from the lovely spaces we occupied in 

Eldon Garden for 5 1/2 years. The units that made up the library 

still stand empty...

We are hoping to move into a new location in Gateshead very soon.

We thought we would have been in by last Christmas but the months 

have gone by and we have now been homeless for over a year. 

I'm sure you can imagine how frustrated we are...

We have considered 14 properties and viewed 8 of them, had various 

promises and crossed our fingers for so long we can barely type.

You can keep up to date on Facebook and Twitter

for any news and changes.

In the meantime, please be patient, you can still reach us

by email or via messages to the Facebook account.


The official presentation of the Library of Sanctuary award was made during the AGM of CILIP (the Library and Information Association). The recording of the event is available here

Black History Month

The latest newsletter is here

The Summer 2021 number is available here

The Spring 2021 newsletter is available here