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

The Lit & Phil (or Literary and Philosophical Society) is the largest independent library outside London, housing over 160,000 books.

We have something very exciting here now! You can explore the cultural, intellectual and social life of Newcastle during World War One.

Using material and photographs from local and national archives and libraries, Reflections uncovers Newcastle life during the war, including the experiences of recruits and returning soldiers, women's roles during the war, fashion and shopping, cultural events and venues and how Newcastle has changed.

The city walks start and end at the Lit & Phil. You can download an iBook onto your own iPad or borrow one (please bring photo id and proof of address, and headphones too) from the Lit & Phil.

For more information and to download the FREE iBooks, please visit www.reflectionsofnewcastle.co.uk















What's On At The Lit And Phil

  • Sep Wednesday 7th 18:00
    Birds of Northumberland with Tim Dean FREE
  • Sep Thursday 8th 18:00
    Shakespeare's Astronomy FREE
  • Sep Wednesday 14th 19:00
    Book Launch - Sean O'Brien and Shelley Day FREE
  • Sep Saturday 17th 10:30
    Tour of The Lit & Phil FREE
  • Sep Saturday 17th 11:00
    Avison Ensemble Young Musicians' Concert £2
  • Sep Friday 23rd 13:10
    Lunchtime Concert with Michael Woods FREE

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!

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.