Some of our more needy books


The Lit & Phil Development Appeal has now been launched offically. On Monday 7th February 2011 we welcomed over 150 guests into the library to hear details on what we are hoping to achieve and how people can help us.

Our newest patron and special guest Alexander Armstrong was here to entertain and to lend support to the appeal. Comedian and actor Alexander has family links to the Lit & Phil, at least two of his ancestors were presidents of the Society.

Summary of Appeal Objectives

1. Facilitating a self-sufficient future

This is to be achieved in part by increased commercial activity including the installation of a ground floor cafe and the modernisation of meeting rooms to encourage more paying users.

2. Development of the Society's educational role

This will be achieved by the preservation and enhancement of the collection, broadening the range of activities taking place, developing the core lecture and events programme and improving the learning environment (refurbishment of rooms, improved toilet and ICT facilities).

3. Improving Physical Access to the building

The Society wishes to overcome its long-standing physical access challenges by offering a solution which is both realistic in finincial terms and acceptable to planning and conservation bodies.

4. Planned Maintenance Programme and Initial Endowment

We need to instigate a proactive ongoing programme of essential building repair and maintenance.


If you would like to learn more about the Lit & Phil Appeal, please download a copy of our Brochure by clicking here:

Appeal Brochure


If you would like to help the Library there are
many ways in which you can do so

Make a Donation

We appreciate and value every donation made to the Lit & Phil. If you would like to donate you can do so via Paypal on this website, send a cheque made payable to the Lit & Phil or complete a Direct Debit Form if you would like to give an amount each month.

Download a Direct Debit Form

Join the Library

If you are not already a member why not join the Lit & Phil and make use of all that we have to offer? Check the 'Membership' page for details of all categories, and how to join. If you are member, please encourage friends and family to join too.

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Book Sponsorship

The Sponsored Book Scheme was set up in 2001 to give members and other interested parties the chance to assist the library in its conservation efforts. Over one hundred books have benefited from the scheme so far. Although the Lit and Phil has been fortunate in obtaining Lottery funding for certain binding projects, and we do have a small budget allocated to essential repairs, we are very grateful for any additional help.

If you would like to help preserve our collection, please take part in this scheme.  You may choose a particular book or subject area, or leave the choice to the Library's discretion.  Books may be sponsored by individual members, on behalf of other people, as gifts or in memoriam.

Contributions of £15 or more will be marked with a special bookplate inserted in your chosen work, which will remain there for the life of the book. If you would like to sponsor a book as a gift for someone else, their name will be inscribed on the bookplate and they will receive a certificate from the Library.  Any other donations are also welcome. These will be used solely to support the valuable work of our bookbinding team.

Book Fund

In 2005 we established the Lit and Phil Book Fund, which allows members to contribute monthly to our central book fund. Members specify how much they would like to donate and if they would like books to be bought within a certain category.

We would like to thank all members who have taken part to date. Please ask at the desk if you would like to take part.


Legacies have been a valuable source of income for the society for many years: providing income, helping to rebind part of the collection or to refurbish parts of the premises. We are asking all our members to consider remembering the Society in their wills.

Because the Society is a registered charity, gifts of this type are exempt from Inheritance Tax. If you leave a legacy, you can decide exactly how it should be spent, or if you prefer, you can leave that decision to the Trustees of Lit and Phil

For more details, please email or call 0191 232 0192 for a leaflet.