BOARD ELECTIONS 2024Invitation to stand

Become a Trustee of the Lit & Phil

There are SIX vacancies to be filled.
Deadline for nominations: Sunday 12 May 2024

We are seeking six enthusiastic and committed new trustees to help take the Lit & Phil forward and shape its future.

If you are an Ordinary or named Family Member you may submit a nomination.

For more information click HERE

How to apply:
Submit a short statement of no more than 150 words, describing your skills, knowledge and experience. This will be circulated to all Ordinary and Family members, and they will cast their vote. You also need to declare that you are not disqualified from acting as a charitable trustee.
Before applying members should read the Society’s Code of Conduct for Trustees here.

Applications can be emailed to or delivered by hand or by post. The deadline is Sunday 12 May 2024.

The Board Election results will be announced at the AGM on Tuesday 11 June 2024.


A literary hideout in the heart of Newcastle. 
The largest independent library outside London.

Lose yourself in a truly beautiful place….Browse over 200,000 books and CDs, take in a concert or talk, or just relax with a coffee and soak up the 200 years of history…more

Opening Hours
Mon, Wed & Thur  9.30am – 7.00pm
Tues 9.30am – 8.00pm
Fri 9.30am – 5.00pm
Sat 9.30am – 1.00pm

23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE


Why not become a member?

The Lit & Phil is free and open to all, but if you would like to support us by becoming a Member, you will be able to:

Borrow from over 200,000 books and CDs, pay no fines for overdue books or CDs, enjoy very generous loan periods, have access to Members’ only events and priority booking, use the Committee Room and Reference Room, take advantage of free WiFi, and receive newsletters and other communications throughout the year.

We offer a variety of Membership packages, starting from £12 per year.  You can also spread the cost of your annual membership over 10 months by Direct Debit. For example, you can enjoy all the benefits of being an Ordinary Member for £16 per month for 10 months.

​To buy or find out more click here
Alternatively you can call us on: 0191 232 0192, or email us and we’ll call you back.

What’s on

Comedy, concerts, jazz, talks & readings, classes & workshops, storytelling, lectures, author events, poetry & theatre…

Visit us

We are now fully open, there’s no entry fee and we are open six days a week, often until late (check our opening times).

We’ve 200,000 books and 20,000 CDs & LPs. Come & take a look at our beautiful building!

The Catalogue

Have we got that book you’ve been searching for? Almost certainly.
From 18th century volumes to the current top bestsellers & so much more…

Our illustrious past

Our beautiful neoclassical building is a short walk from Newcastle Central Station. Since 1825, it’s hosted lots of very important folk doing very exciting scientific things…