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As a fully independent library with more than two hundred years of history, the Lit & Phil relies for its survival on its Members' subscriptions and from generating its own income, particularly from events and room hire.

There are many ways in which you can support the Lit & Phil and enable it to keep going for another two hundred years.

By far the best is by joining us as a Member, as there are so many benefits:

  • 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 our members only rooms
  • Free WIFI
  • Our Member's Magazine posted to you as well as regular news and offers.

We offer a variety of Membership packages to suit all ages and interests, starting from £12 per year.

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Make a donation

Making a donation is quick and easy, either:

Text Giving 
On your mobile text either:
LITANDPHILFIVE to 70450 to donate £5 or
LITANDPHILTEN to 70470 to donate £10 
Texts cost the donated amount plus one standard rate message.

All you have to do is click on the button below:


Amazon Smile

If you buy anything from Amazon, please consider doing so via the Lit & Phil website, by clicking the link below.

Amazon have changed their method of buying items through them and giving the Lit & Phil a small percentage of what you buy. You now have to do a one off set up (via the link below) and thereafter, whenever you buy anything through Amazon you can choose to use the "smile" account so that a small percentage of the costs of your purchase will go to benefit the Lit & Phil. It costs you nothing to do so!

Note that as part of the Amazon set up process you will need to enter The Lit & Phil as the name of the society.

Thank you.

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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 three hundred books have benefited from the scheme so far.

Although the Lit & 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. 

If you would like to support the fund, please either call the library or contact us via the button below.

Book fund

In 2005 we established the Lit & 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 contact us by phone or via the button below if you would like to take part.


Legacies have been a valuable source of income for the society for many years.

We have used money to rebind part of the collection and 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 The Lit & Phil.

To discuss this further, please contact us by clicking on the button below.

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