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Information for members & visitors

Further easing!

We are pleased to confirm that the Lit & Phil is now open again to members.

After reopening on 12 April with many restrictions in place, we can now offer more facilities and services as part of our careful reopening plan.

From Tuesday 1 June, our opening hours will be:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Saturdays 10am - 1pm (June 12 & 26).
Dates for Saturday opening in July will be confirmed.

Face coverings (unless exempt) must still be worn in the building, social distancing rules and the one way system observed, and hand sanitisers used. However, we will no longer be quarantining books, CDs and magazines on the ground floor, and so members should come straight upstairs on arrival.

Members who wish to browse must still book a slot in advance via library@litandphil.org.uk or 0191 232 0192. Members may book slots of up to 2 hours per day up to 3 times per week.

From 1 June, members wishing to return items or collect items only (not browse) do not have to book in advance. If on a Wednesday, you intend to return or collect items only it should be before 5pm during this phase of reopening. Also from this date, the Reference/Silence Room will be available for members to book in advance for up to a day, up to 3 times per week (except Wednesday evenings.)

The self- service tea/coffee machine will be available. Members may now search the catalogue themselves as the OPAC will be available, and slots may be booked on a public computer. Our photocopying service will resume and we will now accept cash, although card payments are preferred.

Finally, to compensate for not yet being able to hold live events in the building, we have organised an online series of talks and readings via ZOOM. Please check our events page for details of what is coming up. Most events are free but if you are able to do so, please do donate what you can to help us continue our valuable educational work. Recordings are also available on our YouTube Channel.

Members may also still request our home delivery/collection service, run by volunteers, or that books are sent by post.

Once again, I would like to thank you for your commitment and loyalty to the Lit & Phil, and I hope that you will be encouraged to come back to the building very soon, if you have not already done so. Hopefully further announcements about the easing of restrictions can be made towards the end of June.

With best wishes
Kay Easson
Librarian

 

How to find us

The Lit & Phil Library is Newcastle’s exquisite secret library but is currently open to members-only (pre-booking essential) because of the pandemic.

We are a stone's throw from Newcastle Central Station...

23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 1SE

Tel: 0191 232 0192

Nearest Metro station: Central Station

the brass plaque on the internal doors of the Lit & Phil

Opening Hours

We are pleased to confirm that the Lit & Phil is now open again to members.

After reopening on 12 April with many restrictions in place, we can now offer more facilities and services as part of our careful reopening plan.

From Tuesday 1 June, our opening hours will be:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Saturdays 10am - 1pm (June 12 & 26).
Dates for Saturday opening in July will be confirmed.

Members who wish to browse must still book a slot in advance via library@litandphil.org.uk or 0191 232 0192. Members may book slots of up to 2 hours per day up to 3 times per week.

 

Stone bust
Architect's drawing of the Lit & Phil
A very old interior photograph of the Lit & Phil
Lit & Phil wall plaque showing roll call ex presidents

Book a Tour

Famous Lit & Phil tours to resume

We are delighted to report our Lit & Phil tours will resume in July! Please book by calling the library team on 0191 232 0192 (online booking coming soon). Our famous tours are completely free and all led by our team of award-winning guides.

Each tour will have a maximum of six, and there will be two tours per time slot.  Tours will follow a prescribed route to comply with social distancing guidelines.

All tours start at 10.30am, and Summer dates as follows:

Saturday 17 July
Wednesday 21 July
Saturday 7 August
Wednesday 18 August
Saturday 21 August
Saturday 4 September

Information regarding Heritage Open Day tours coming soon.

We hope to resume the Ghostly Lit & Phil tours from October.  More details to follow soon.

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