The Leeds Library is a wonderful mix of the old and the new located at the very heart of a busy shopping centre.

It was founded in 1768 as a proprietary subscription library and is now the oldest surviving example of this sort of library in the British Isles. It boasts Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) as one of its original subscribers.  The collections are particularly rich in travel, topography, biography, history and literature. There are long runs of periodicals, popular novels, children’s books and Civil War pamphlets and Reformation Tracts. About 1,500 new books and audio/visual items are added every year most of which are recommended by the members.  A large proportion of the Library’s holdings is available for loan to its members. The Library became a charity on 1 July 2008.

 

Events at The Leeds Library

The Leeds Library, The Through the Pages Anniversary Monthly Film Series

Saturday 27th January,
13:30 to 16:00

The Leeds Library celebrates its 250th anniversary this year, and each month, we will show a film around the themed monthly exhibitions on display in our foyer. Details are only available in the library. £4.00 including refreshments SORRY - LEEDS LIBRARY MEMBERS ONLY! more...

The Leeds Library Members' Film Club (M2018)

Saturday 3rd February,
13:15 to 15:45

Members' Film Club: The Femme Fatales and the Underdogs Season Details are only available in the library. £4.00 including refreshments SORRY - LEEDS LIBRARY MEMBERS ONLY! more...

Found Fiction Launch

Thursday 8th February,
19:00 to 22:30

Found Fiction Launch The Leeds Library, 18 Commercial Street, Leeds As part of its 250th Anniversary celebrations, The Leeds Library will be hosting the launch night of #foundfiction - a guerrilla pu more...

The Leeds Library Treasure Book Adventure Quest

Monday 12th February,
10:00 to 01:00

The Leeds Library Treasure Book Adventure Quest The Leeds Library, 18 Commercial Street, Leeds A drop in activity. Walk around The Leeds Library, which celebrates its 250th Anniversary in 2018 and fi more...