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

Poems and mulled wine: launch of the Candlestick Christmas Collection

Thursday 23rd November,
19:30 to 21:00

For Christmas this year Candlestick Press is publishing no less than six new titles of poetry and prose, including two pamphlets featuring brand new poems by some of the leading poets writing today.  more...

The Leeds Library Members' Prize Supper Quiz

Wednesday 29th November,
18:00 to 20:30

The Leeds Library are holding a prize supper quiz on Wednesday 29th November.  Come and test your general knowledge and compete to win a prize.  Play alone or in a team (maximum of 4 per team).  Th more...

The Leeds Library Members' Film Club (RA2017)

Saturday 2nd December,
13:15 to 16:00

Members' Film Club: The Comedy Season Details are only available in the library. £4.00 for refreshments SORRY - LEEDS LIBRARY MEMBERS ONLY!   more...

The Leeds Library Members' Film Club (HA2017)

Saturday 9th December,
13:15 to 15:15

Members' Film Club: Christmas special! Details are only available in the library. £4.00 for refreshments SORRY - LEEDS LIBRARY MEMBERS ONLY!   more...