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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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What's on

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

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Visit us

We are now fully open, there's no entry fee and we are open six days a week, often until late (check our opening times).

We've 200,000 books and 20,000 CDs & LPs. Come & take a look at our beautiful building!

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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...

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Our illustrious past

Our beautiful neoclassical building is a short walk from Newcastle Central Station. Since 1825, it's hosted lots of very important folk doing very exciting scientific things... 

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