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Oil painting portrait of Robert Spence Watson
Interior sweeping shot of Lit & Phil from Gallery
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Bell Scott oil painting
Alexander McCall Smith infront of bookshelves
three kids on chairs reading magazines and books
Pianist Paul Edis playing a grand piano
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The November Club performing


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

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What's on

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

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Visit us

We've no entry fee and are open six days a week, often til late.  We've 200,000 books, 20,000 CDs & LPs, tea, coffee and cake!  Come in & unwind in a magical & beautiful place...

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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...

Oil painting of Robert Spence Watson

Our illustrious past

Our beautiful neoclassical building is a short walk from Newcastle Central Station. Since 1793, it's hosted lots of very important folk doing very exciting scientific things... 

The benefits of membership

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 can:

Take home from over 200,000 books & CDs, no fines for overdue books, very generous loan periods, exclusive Members' Only events, priority booking, access to secret rooms, free WIFI, our Member's Magazine posted to you as well as regular news and offers.

​To buy or find out more please call us on: 0191 232 0192 (Online purchase available soon!).

Alternatively email us and we'll call you back.

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