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How to find us

The Lit & Phil Library is Newcastle’s exquisite secret library, open to all and free to explore and browse.

You can find us a stone's throw from Newcastle Central Station...

23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: 0191 232 0192

Nearest Metro station: Central Station

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

Opening Hours


Opening Hours

Mon, Wed & Thur  9.30am - 7.00pm
Tues 9.30am - 8.00pm
Fri 9.30am - 5.00pm
Sat 9.30am - 1.00pm


lady holding pile of chocolate cupcakes

The Coffee Hatch

Our Coffee Hatch is famous in Newcastle.  We sell fresh coffee, traditional and herbal teas, home-made cakes* and a traditional range of biscuits and chocolates.  Probably the best value in the city and all served by a friendly face.

* Cakes subject to availability...

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

Feel free to explore the Lit & Phil yourself and absorb its magic and wonders. 

However, if you'd like a little help you can join one of our FREE guided tours, led by one of our award-winning tour guides, on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of the month, at 10.30am.  (These can be very popular so booking is recommended - just call 0191 232 0192 to reserve a space).

There is usually a volunteer in the library at other times, ready to answer your questions and show you around.

Our librarians have a wealth of knowledge about the full collection so feel free to ask them any questions you may have.  They love to help and share their expertise.

To book a free tour, call: 0191 232 0192 or use the Contact Us button below

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