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 have moved from the lovely spaces we occupied in 

Eldon Garden for the past 5 1/2 years. 

We will be moving to new premises in Gateshead in the spring.

It will take a while to get the space ready and to move everything in - 

and we might need your help to get things right...

Once things are signed and sealed we will have a better

idea of dates and will be able to reveal the exact location.

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.

We can't wait to be open again!


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 number is available here

Our Spring newsletter is available here