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 (MOW)

Tuesday 27th February,
18:15 to 20:45

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 lib more...

The Leeds Library Members' Film Club (Z2018)

Saturday 3rd March,
13:15 to 16:15

Members' Film Club: The “I fought the law…” Crime Season Details are only available in the library. £4.00 including refreshments SORRY - LEEDS LIBRARY MEMBERS ONLY! more...

Headingley LitFest - Ruth Robbins, Trial of Maud Allen (Salome)

Wednesday 7th March,
19:30 to 21:30

Headingley LitFest – Ruth Robbins, Trial of Maud Allen (Salome) In this public talk, Professor Ruth Robbins (Leeds Beckett) retells the story of the 1918 Maud Allen case, a Canadian dancer who sue more...

Headingley LitFest - Robin Lustig's new book "Is anything happening?"

Saturday 10th March,
14:00 to 16:00

Headingley LitFest – Robin Lustig's new book "Is anything Happening?" In the days before mobile phones, the internet and 24-hour news channels, the easiest way for a British foreign correspondent to more...