Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Lit & Phil

The Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne Library - or the Lit & Phil for short - is an old-fashioned subscription library crammed with books, many of which are old and dusty, like some of the library members themselves. It's a great old place, buzzing with sense of learning, and the whole building seems to resonate with the hum of knowledge. It's more of a social space than anything else - people meet up, study together, even play chess and have a cup of tea and a biscuit - and everything is unstuffy and laid-back.

I just wish more libraries were the same.


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