The Lit & Phil has been here since 1825, have you been in yet?

The Lit & Phil is the largest independent library outside London, it's a public building, open to all, and really must be seen to be appreciated. If you have yet to discover the Lit & Phil you have something special awaiting you.

The beautiful building is easy to reach, situated next to Newcastle's Central Station. Purpose built, the Library boasts an impressive facade and a stunning interior.

The library holds in excess of 160,000 books, a wide selection of current fiction and non-fiction can be found alongside historical collections covering every field of interest.

Additionally, the music library is without equal in the North of England, including 8,000 CDs and 10,000 LPs.

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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!

Online Catalogue

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 Check if we have that book you've been looking for. You don't need to be a member to search the catalogue; search by title, author, keyword or subject. Members can then reserve the book to collect later.