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Information for members & visitors

Coronavirus/covid 19


Sadly due to national lockdown we are closed again.

We will keep you updated with more information as soon as available.

We remain committed to serving our Members as best we can during this very challenging time.  Members can also request books to be sent by post –  please call 0191 232 0192 or email  You can request specific titles or let us put together a batch of recommended books and/or CDs for you, based on your interests.

In the meantime, please be reassured of the following:

We have relaxed all our loan periods, and do not feel you need to post books back to us. Do hold onto them as long as you need to while this situation is upon us (and as you already know we never charge fines).  

All books and CDs we are coming into contact with now and over the coming weeks will be quarantined for 72 hours.

We are committed to working through this together in the most responsible and compassionate way we can, just as you would expect us to.  While uncertainty abounds, please know that our commitment and loyalty to you, our valued members, visitors and supporters remains as steadfast as ever.

We thank you again for your continued support and patience and urge you to take care and stay safe.

The Lit & Phil team

How to find us

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

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

Sadly due to national lockdown we are closed again.  We wish all our members, friends and supporters a very happy new year and hope very much to welcome you back soon.

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

Opening Hours

Sadly due to national lockdown we are closed again.  Keep watching this space and our social media to find out when we will reopen.


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

The library is currently closed. However, as soon as we can we will be reinstating our famous and popular guided tours.


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