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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.

Christmas Opening Hours:

We will close at 5pm on Thursday 23rd December, and reopen at 9.30am on Tuesday 4th January 2022

We are still requesting that members and visitors wear face  coverings whilst in the building,  and also that they check in on arrival.

After 18 long months, it is  great to be fully open again,  and we look forward to welcoming even more members and visitors to the library. We have a busy autumn of talks, concerts, readings, tours and performances coming up – check our events page  for full details.


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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. Tours will follow a prescribed route to comply with social distancing guidelines. Book in here:

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

Wednesday 15 December

Saturday 18 December



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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