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The Lit & Phil was founded in 1793 and has been at home on Westgate Road in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne since 1825.

Housing a historic as well as contemporary library of books and music, our Grade II*  listed building is the venue for a wide range of public events such as talks, concerts, readings, discussions and book launches. Click here to see our programme of activities.

Access to the Lit & Phil is free to all,  but members enjoy special privileges. Find out more here.


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

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 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 £15 per month for 10 months.

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Alternatively you can call us on: 0191 232 0192, or email us and we'll call you back.

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