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Information for members & visitors

More easing!

We are very pleased to let you know that, while we do remain cautious, we are now in a position to loosen most of the restrictions that we have had to impose on our service to you and the wider world since 20 March 2020.

From Monday 19 July, advance booking to use the library will no longer be required, but members and visitors must sign in on arrival or use the NHS QR code with their NHS Covid-19 App. From this date we will also allow members of the public to visit once again.

Staff will continue to wear face coverings and although we cannot enforce this, members and visitors will be requested to wear these whilst in the building.

Some additional seating will be available in the main library and the committee room, but not to full capacity so that some social distancing can be maintained.

The one way system will be removed and the children’s library put back in position. Hand sanitising stations will remain indefinitely, and the cleaning regime throughout the day will continue.

Our opening hours will remain the same but will be reviewed by the beginning of September. The library’s opening hours are:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am-4pm.
Wednesday 10am-7pm.
Saturdays 10am -1pm (August 7 and 21 only).

We anticipate that the hatch will reopen in September but in the meantime the self-service coffee/tea machine is available.

Our live events programme will be gradually re-established, and we're looking forward to an autumn of lectures, concerts, tours and other events to celebrate our reopening, although audience numbers may be limited. Our Zoom talks and readings have proved very popular and we will continue to offer online activities in the future.

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.

Please be assured that our aim is to keep staff, members and visitors as safe as possible, whether browsing in the library, reading at tables or attending events.  We will therefore keep all our activities under close review.

I would like to thank you on behalf of the Board and the staff for your patience and loyalty over the last 16 months or so. We all look forward to seeing more members and visitors in the library very soon.

Kay Easson

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

Opening Hours

From Monday 19 July, everyone is welcome back to The Lit & Phil, not just members.  Advance booking will no longer be required, but members and visitors must sign in on arrival or use the NHS QR code with their NHS Covid-19 App. 

From Monday 19 July, our opening hours will be:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10am-4pm
Wednesday 10am-7pm
Saturdays 10am -1pm (August 7 and 21 only)
Our opening hours will be reviewed again at the beginning of September.


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

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 are back!

We are delighted to report our Lit & Phil tours have now resumed! Our famous tours are completely free and all led by our team of award-winning guides. Book in here.

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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