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Covid 19

Open again!

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

During this initial reopening period, members must book their visit in advance, whether it is to browse and borrow books/CDs, or just to return or collect pre-ordered items. To book a slot please telephone  0191 232 0192 or 07971956185 (mobile in use this week only) or email:

Members may book up to 2 one hour slots per day up to 3 times per week on different days.

As well as the Main Library, the Music/Committee Room may be used on request. During this first reopening period, the Silence/Reference Room may not be used by members.

From Monday 12th  April the library's opening hours will be:

Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri   10am - 12 noon, 1pm -  4pm
Wednesdays 10am-12 noon, 1pm-4pm, 5pm -7pm
Saturday opening will commence in May: 8th and 22nd 10am -1pm

We will continue to have social distancing measures in place, such as limited seating and the maintaining  of a one-way system around the library. Face  coverings must be worn in the building and the hand sanitisers available in the library should be used.

Members may request our  home delivery/collection service, run by volunteers, or that books are sent by post.

The Lit & Phil team

NHS advice


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: