The Lit & Phil

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The Lit & Phil is the largest independent library outside London, housing over 160,000 books.

Since opening in 1825, The Lit & Phil has welcomed thousands of people, witnessed ‘world firsts’ in innovation and grown a unique collection of books. It’s now so much more than a library. Depending on who you ask, it’s an historic building, a refuge, a meeting place, office, theatre, lecture hall, performance space and of course, still an outstanding library.

The Lit & Phil is the city’s oldest cultural institution and represents the surge of scientific and technological innovation and ideas that existed in the North during the late 18th and throughout the 19th centuries.

 

Nearest Metro: Central Station

Opening Times
Monday 9.30* – 19.00
Tuesday 9.30 – 20.00
Wednesday 9.30 – 19.00
Thursday 9.30 – 19.00
Friday 9.30 – 17.00
Saturday 9.30 – 13.00
Closed Sundays
*The Library opens at 10.30am on the last Monday of the month

 

 

The Lit & Phil is the city’s oldest cultural institution and represents the surge of scientific and technological innovation and ideas that existed in the North during the late 18th and throughout the 19th centuries.

Accessibility Information

  • Main entrance is steps with available wheelchair lift to the side.
  • Inside to enter the library is steps with available stair lift.
  • No disabled toilets, however assistance bars have been fitted in some toilets.
  • No loop system available.
  • Some large print books and magnifying glasses available.
  • Assistance dogs welcome.

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