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Information for members & visitors

Coronavirus/covid 19


Libraries, even in tier 3, will be able to open from 2 December.  We can't wait to welcome you back. There may be some limitations but we'll keep you posted.  Opening hours as before, and Members-only will be able to book slots once again.

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

Current opening hours for MEMBERS ONLY (see restrictions here)
Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri: 
10am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
10am-12pm, 1pm-4pm & 5pm-7pm
(12 & 26 Sep only): 10am-1pm

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

Opening Hours

Due to COVID 19 we are currently only open to Members.  All Members must book a slot.

Our temporary opening hours (from 2 December) are: 

Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri: 10am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Wed 10am-12pm, 1pm-4pm (5pm-7pm on 9 Dec only)
Sat (5 & 19 Dec only) 10am-1pm



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 to non-members as part of our gradual reopening programme. However, as soon as we can we will be reinstating our famous and popular guided tours.


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