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 Salon: On Freedom

Friday 29th June,
19:00 to 20:30

Leeds Library Salon : Freedom A new quarterly event of talks, live art and performances, mini-lectures, and conviviality Presented by Leeds Library. Curated and co-produced by Renaissance One Doors 6. more...

The Leeds Library Members' Film Club (WFTP2018)

Saturday 7th July,
13:15 to 16:00

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

Romance and the Brontës at The Leeds Library

Thursday 12th July,
19:30 to 21:30

Romance and the Brontës at The Leeds Library 18 Commercial Street, Leeds, LS1 6AL To celebrate the 250th anniversary of The Leeds Library and 200 years of the Brontës, there will be a panel of RNA ( more...

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...