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Please note: due to COVID 19 we are currently only open to members and tours are not presently available.  As further easing is announced we hope in due course to return to 'business as usual' but in the meantime, please keep checking the information on the Home Page and our social media sites.


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 and third 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 staff 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 contact us by clicking HERE.



The Lit & Phil

23 Westgate Road


We are pleased to confirm that the Lit & Phil is now open again to members.

Members must book their visit in advance. Call 0191 232 0192 or email: