Welcome to The Leeds Library

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register 1The Leeds Library began life modestly in 1768 above a bookseller’s shop. Today the library is a charity and has a wonderful collection of books and periodicals housed in a fine two hundred year-old building.

Enter our website and discover more about us, our history and our activities

The original list of members from c.1768. Note that Joseph Priestley's name has been crossed out next to share number 10.








Our next events are...
Wednesday 27th May 12.30 for 12.45

Michael Meadowcroft's 8th series of Lectures on Leeds'Politicians. Alderman Joseph Henry.  Click here for more information. Please contact us to book a place.

Wednesday 10th June All Day Visit to Whitby Museum, Library & Pannett Art Gallery. £24 a ticket (£20 National Art Fund). 
Click here for details. Please contact us to book a place.



We are open

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 09.00 - 17.00
Thursday: 09.00-19.00
Saturday: 09:30-13:00

Any Bank Holiday/extra closures will be advertised on this site and in The Dial.



To view BBC Look North's film of The Leeds Library click here.leeds library still