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 Members' Film Club (SS2018)

Wednesday 18th July,
18:15 to 21:00

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

The Leeds Library Members' Prize Supper Quiz

Thursday 26th July,
18:00 to 20:30

The Leeds Library are holding a prize supper quiz on Thursday 26th July.  Come and test your general knowledge and compete to win a prize.  Play alone or in a team (maximum of 4 per team).  The pri more...

The Leeds Library Members' Film Club (OBWAT2018)

Saturday 4th August,
13:30 to 16:15

Members' Film Club: The Surely You Can’t Be Serious Season Details are only available in the library. £4.00 including refreshments SORRY - LEEDS LIBRARY MEMBERS ONLY! more...

The Leeds Library Members' Film Club (HFTW2018)

Wednesday 15th August,
18:15 to 20:30

Members' Film Club: The Surely You Can’t Be Serious Season Details are only available in the library. £4.00 including refreshments SORRY - LEEDS LIBRARY MEMBERS ONLY! more...