Reduced rates on Lit & Phil Membership

The ideal Christmas present

The Lit & Phil has been here since 1825 and is the biggest independent library outside London. Why not give yourself or a loved one the gift of membership?

All categories of membership are reduced until 22nd December:

ORDINARY - Was £125 now £95
Up to 12 books at any one time

FAMILY (2 adults and children under 18) - was £175 now £145

ASSOCIATE (under 30) - was £70 now £50
Up to 6 books at any one time

STUDENT (in full-time study) - was £50 now £30

JUNIOR (under 18) - was £12 now £10

GRAMOPHONE (Music Library only) - was £80 now £60

GIFT MEMBERSHIP (6 months) £55

*Membership of the Music Library can be added for an extra cost. 


Please note that this offer is not available online, but we can post a membership card to you to present as a gift.




What's On At The Lit And Phil

  • Dec Tuesday 11th 19:15
    Piano Recital - Mark Carroll £8/6
  • Dec Wednesday 12th 18:00
    A Cleric on Ice – Raeburn’s Skater and its Artistic Tradition, with Gail-Nina Anderson £4
  • Dec Thursday 13th 19:00
    A Large Gin and Slim at The Black Gate Inn, with Tracy Whitwell FREE
  • Dec Friday 14th 19:00
    Gerald Dickens presents 'A Christmas Carol' £10/8
  • Dec Friday 21st 13:10
    Piano Recital - Dominic Mountain FREE
  • Jan Thursday 3rd 19:00
    Phantoms at The Phil £5/3

What's on this month

Why not hire The Lit & Phil?

Seat 20 in the stunning Committee Room or plan an event in the Library (or something inbetween). The Lit & Phil is ideal for your meeting, training or party and is perfectly located next to the station.


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As a member you can borrow most books published after 1850 (but not all at once). You can also access wi-fi in the Library and benefit from priority booking at some events. By joining the Lit & Phil, you are also supporting this wonderful institution, so thank you!

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