The Literary & Philosophical Society

The Literary & Philosophical Society, Newcastle upon Tyne: Hours, Address, The Literary & Philosophical Society Reviews: 5/5

The Literary & Philosophical Society

The Literary & Philosophical Society
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9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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paulg
9 contributions
Interesting collection
Feb 2020 • Couples
We made a flying visit here. It's a private, independent library, but where the public are given free access to browse but only borrow if a paid member. Very interesting collection of old books.
Written March 9, 2020
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Darren Mc
Stanley, UK475 contributions
Hidden Gem
Jan 2020
Wonderful building full of books and more. Explore it’s amazing, smells of history. Basic coffee shop available.
Written February 16, 2020
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Tom Dunn
York, UK5 contributions
Fascinating library. Great guide
Feb 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed today’s visit to the Lit and Phil library. It’s a fascinating institution with an interesting history and an exciting vibe. Marion was an excellent, knowledgable guide.
Written February 3, 2020
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Ellen
12 contributions
A Newcastle Icon Much-Loved and Cherished by Locals
Dec 2019
The Lit and Phil is amazing. It is absolutely cherished by members and locals. It has a fascinating history which is linked to the history of Newcastle as a centre of ideas, philanthropy, education/learning and industrial and scientific discovery and it is all there to see. It has influenced the development of the great universities, museums and other institutes of learning and collections in the city.

The building and atmosphere are wonderful. It is warm and welcoming run by very nice, helpful staff. The main room of the library is quite staggering. It is a place of conversation, discussion, learning, research, pleasure. Lovely just to sit for half and hour and take the atmosphere in. It feels very friendly too. You'll see people aged from 3 to 93 enjoying it.

You will be warmly welcomed by a volunteer who can help you find your way around and answer any questions about the place. Librarians always on hand and helpful - they welcome children and encourage them to enjoy the library. The members run a coffee hatch which serves teas, coffees, biscuits and chocolate with a smile and a chat- if you want it.

Great collection of books, periodicals and magazines. Fab music library.

They have a regular programme of concerts, lectures, book launches, readings, performances, classes. Guided tours of the building are available to book. They even do ghost walks as the building is reputedly very haunted.

Whether you are a visitor to lovely Newcastle, a local fancying a look round, a student or a prospective member, call in to The Lit and Phil. You shouldn't miss it, It is wonderful.

There is a stair-lift for those that need it and much of the downstairs is accessible but the building is not completely wheelchair accessible so I'd check first if you wished to attend a concert or a tour.

Definitely one of my favourite places. I visit regularly and always leave feeling happy.
Written January 2, 2020
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psyc222
Shildon, UK17 contributions
Fantastic Georgian library
Dec 2019
The Lit and Phil is a must for lectures, concerts, a marvellous collection of historic and modern books, music recordings and sheet music.
The architecture is phenomenal.
Written December 30, 2019
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KipperLips
4 contributions
Edukationil books
Dec 2019 • Solo
Readed lodes ov bookes, waz propa edukationil 10/6 wud read here again.

Alredy feel 1 timez more edukated
Written December 10, 2019
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nikki792018
31 contributions
Spectacular
Mar 2019
There are tons of interesting books to read. So many to chose from. It has low pricing and easy access to book on line. I extremely loved going in there and looking at the ton of different books that they have. You can walk up stairs and look at the books and you can walk down stairs to look at the books.
Written November 5, 2019
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momdiplume
Winston Salem, NC25 contributions
Calling all bibliophiles!
Sep 2019
I only had a short stay in Newcastle, but as a librarian, I placed a visit to the Literary and Philosophical Society at the top of my list! There are a few stairs to climb, but a lovely collection of books to browse in a cozy environment once you get there. If I lived in the area, I would definitely pay for a membership in this society - they had an interesting schedule of events planned. I had a great time browsing the books and seeing fellow book-lovers pursue their interests and I saw quite a few titles that were new to me. If you love books and libraries, a visit here is a must!
Written October 14, 2019
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Victoria N
Gateshead, UK2,959 contributions
Beautiful Building
Sep 2019
i visited for the first time recently. The building is beautiful and despite being from the region I am ashamed to say that I was completely unaware that Joseph Swan did his public lecture here on the electric lightbulb and the building was the first public building to be lit by electricity. There are certainly many distinguished members of the library in history, including Lord Armstrong. It is free to look around the library and some of the books look amazing. It is the largest independent library outside of London. It certainly seems very community orientated, with lots of activities advertised and lots of groups meeting when I visited. I would have liked to have joined the library, however it is expensive at £133 for the year. My only one negative is that although I realise the library needs to make funds, I think the library would have been founded to educate the people of the area and give people the opportunity to read, not to have to pay to read. Many people I know sadly can't afford the membership. I recommend you take advantage of the Heritage Open Days in September when guided tours are available. Some of the books are incredibly old and look so interesting, I could certainly stay here for days! There is no parking as it is right in the heart of Newcastle city centre next to the Central Station.
Written September 20, 2019
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Saltsellar
Ponteland, UK11 contributions
Special
Aug 2019
It is more than a library. You have to go there yourself to experience the atmosphere. One review complained about the noisy regulars. That’s true, but perhaps it’s part of the charm that it isn’t a hush hush sort of place. You could even enjoy a cigarette until the goody two shoes 2004 legislation.
Written September 15, 2019
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