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What we offer

Since the Society was founded in 1793, we now have a collection of nearly 200,000 books (from 16th century tomes to modern fiction), the largest music collection in the North of England and a dazzling events programme packed with great music, celebrity author evenings, theatre and storytelling, poetry reading and classes covering everything from bookbinding to Latin, fine art to creative writing. 

The Lit & Phil is for everyone, we have no entry fee and anyone may come and explore our curiosities, browse our books and discover our charms. 

We are a sanctuary for book lovers, an oasis for musicians and a realm of magic and mystery for children and the young-at-heart. 

Come up the stairs and you'll find welcoming and knowledgeable staff ready to answer your questions or show you around...

Discover Newcastle's best kept secret. Come in and be amazed....


The Lit & Phil

23 Westgate Road


From Monday 19 July, EVERYONE is welcome back to the Lit & Phil, not just members. Advance booking no longer be required. More info


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