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What we are

The Lit & Phil Library is Newcastle’s exquisite secret library, open to all and free to explore and browse.  Established in 1825 on Westgate Road, just yards from Central Station, we became a hub of learning and enlightenment long before the city’s universities existed and today continue to inspire minds, stimulate imaginations and confer a wealth of knowledge to young and old alike.

We welcome the curious, the knowledge-seeking, the lovers of antiquity or anyone who just wants to escape the world and lose themselves in a good book or some beautiful music.  

We are a beautiful place just to visit, relax and unwind. 

So let us whisk you away...


The Lit & Phil

23 Westgate Road


Sadly due to national lockdown we are closed again. 

We will update you asap. 

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