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Library Membership

  • £175


    Membership Options

The Lit & Phil is an independent library and is funded by its membership. Anyone may visit and look around, but there is so much more to enjoy if you become a member:

  • Borrow from over 200,000 books and CDs *
  • Free Home Delivery Service**
  • Free access to the Naxos Spoken Word Library***
  • Free access to the Naxos Music Library ****
  • Access to Wi-fi
  • No fines for overdue books or CDs
  • Members’ Only events
  • Priority booking for high profile events
  • Access to Members only rooms, such as the Silence Room
  • Three Newsletters each year, via post or email
  • Regular news and event’s updates by email

* (depending on category of membership)
** (subject to location and availability of volunteers)
*** (all members excl Friends)
**** (Gramophone members only)


You can also spread out the cost of membership using a Direct Debit form. This means you can break up your annual fee into an annual, quarterly or 10-monthly payment. For example, if you joined as an Ordinary member and filled in the direct debit form, you would pay £17.50 per month for 10 months. If you would like to join using this method you can pick up a form in the library, or you can download the form here, complete it and return to the address on the form.


  • Ordinary membership – up to 12 books at any one time  – £175
  • Gramophone membership (Music Library) – up to  5 CDs/DVDs and 6 music related items at any one time – £105
  • Ordinary membership plus additional Gramophone membership – £210
  • Family membership (2 adults and children under 18)  – up to 18 books at any one time plus an additional book for each child under 18  – £235
  • Family membership plus additional Gramophone membership – £270
  • Associate membership (under 30s) – up to 6 books at any one  time – £95
  • Associate membership plus additional Gramophone Membership – £105
  • Gramophone only Associate membership£30
  • Student membership (proof of student status required) – up to 6 books at any one time – £60
  • Student membership plus additional Gramophone membership – £68
  • Gramophone only Student membership£20
  • Junior membership (under 18s) – up to 6 books at any one time- £15
  • Junior membership plus additional Gramophone membership – £21
  • Gramophone only Junior membership  – £12
  • Friends membership for those who want to support the library but do not  want or need borrowing rights – £110
Once you have bought your membership online the library staff will get in touch to let you know the next steps. If you are a junior or student member you will need to bring in any proof of ID necessary for the membership category on your first visit.

Postal Membership:

Do you live too far away to visit us? Why not become a postal member? Join in any of the categories above and pay the postage on the books you borrow.

To join any of the above categories simply select your membership option in the box and add to basket then you may complete your membership.