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Opening Hours

Our Opening hours are:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday  9.30am-7pm

Tuesday 9.30am-8pm

Friday 9.30am-5pm

Saturday 9.30am-1pm

On the last Monday of every month the Lit & Phil will open at 10.30am. This allows us to have a staff meeting. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We are still requesting that members and visitors wear face  coverings whilst in the building throughout their visit, unless exempt. 

Now we are fully open we look forward to welcoming even more members and visitors to the library. We have exciting talks, concerts, readings, tours and performances coming up – check our events page for full details.


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

Behind the Books Lit & Phil tours are back!

Our famous tours are completely free and all led by our team of award-winning guides. Tours will follow a prescribed route to comply with social distancing guidelines. Find more info by clicking the button below.


How to find us

The Lit & Phil Library is Newcastle’s exquisite secret library.

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

23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: 0191 232 0192

Nearest Metro station: Central Station

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