Join The Library

Membership 2019


  • Access to 170,000 books - most books published after 1850 can be borrowed.
  • Access to the most comprehensive music collection outside London. 
  • Generous loan periods with no fines for overdue books.
  • Spacious library for work, reading and relaxation
  • Access to additional rooms, including the Reference (silent) Room
  • FREE wi-fi
  • Members' Only events and priority booking for others
  • Three newsletters each year, via post or email


23 November – 21 December 2019

Ordinary membership: £104 (instead of £133)
Family: £154 (instead of £183)
Associate (<30): £55 (instead of £75)
Student: £40 (instead of £55)
Gramophone: £72 (instead of £85)
Gift membership: £60 (instead of £70)

A great Christmas Gift idea!

(Special rates not bookable online - please phone us or call in to purchase:  0191 232 0192)

Please select the type of membership you would like:
Library Membership - these prices are valid from 6th April 2019

Ordinary Membership:

May borrow 12 books at one time.


Family Membership:

Two adults and children under 18. May borrow 18 books at one time, plus additional book for each child under 18.


Associate Membership:

Members under the age of 30. Associate members may borrow 6 books at a time. Please bring proof of age.


Student Membership:

May borrow 6 books at one time. Please bring in proof of student status eg student union card.


Junior Membership:

Anyone under the age of 18. May borrow 6 books at one time.


Friends' Membership:

For people who want to support the library but don't need borrowing rights. You will receive four mailings and regular email updates.

Music Library Membership

Gramophone Only Membership:

May borrow up to 5 CDs / DVDs and 6 music related items at a time.

Additional Gramophone Membership:

For existing book members


Gramophone Only (Associates)


Gramophone Only (Student)


Gramophone Only (Junior)


For existing Associate


For Student


For Junior members

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Your total price:

Please note that your membership will start when you come into the library, as you need to bring proof of address (and proof of age/student status depending on the type of membership).


Postal Membership: Do you live too far away to visit us? Why not become a postal member? Join in any of the categories above and pay the postage on the books you borrow.

Corporate membership:

Click here to download the application form.




The Lit & Phil holds a variety of events including lectures and book launches. We also organise themed festivals eg Books on Tyne and Newcastle Noir. Many classes and workshops are held here and we have become a popular space for exhibitions and art installations. Check the 'What's On' page for more details.

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.