Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne

Historic Building in Newcastle upon Tyne

The Literary and Philosophical Society is a historical library in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It is popularly known as the Lit & Phil.

Founded in 1793 as a “conversation club” by the Reverend William Turner and others – more than fifty years before the London Library. Its members debated a wide range of issues, although religion and politics were prohibited. In 1804 women were first admitted to the library.

Its the largest independent library outside London and books are available for both lending and as a free reference library.

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Visiting Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne


Monday 9.30am* – 7.00pm

Tuesday 9.30am – 8.00pm

Wednesday 9.30am – 7.00pm

Thursday 9.30am – 7.00pm

Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm

Saturday 9.30am – 1.00pm

Address: Bolbec Hall, 23 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE, UK
Telephone: +44 191 232 0192
Duration: 20 minutes

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