When the Lit & Phil was established in 1793 a library was not at the forefront of the minds of its founders. The emphasis was on lectures, discussion and experiments. Before long however, a general library was created, although at its inception many of the works were scientific in nature, reflecting the main objects of the Society.
The library’s broad nature is its strength and the Society can be proud of its historic as well as its contemporary collections – from the several hundred volumes printed before 1701 to newly published crime fiction, the library has something for everyone.
When in 1825 the Lit & Phil moved into its present home, the collection numbered some 8,000 volumes. It now contains close to 200,000, with approximately 1,000 volumes being added each year.
Along the way the society has collected some rather interesting, strange and even bizarre books and other printed items. Here are just a very few of them…(for more click on this link).