The Leeds Library was opened in 1768 and moved to its current home on Commercial Street in 1808.  It is a stunning grade II listed building and  provides a unique setting for meetings, workshops, talks, events and larger gatherings.

Outside of our core opening hours the Library has up to 4 rooms available for events, ranging from the intimate splendour of the Old Librarian’s Office which is perfect for meetings up to 8 people, to the ornate New Room with its stunning architecture and which is able to host talks, concerts, and weddings for up to 80 people.

Other rooms available include the Main Room which provides the perfect backdrop and setting to receive guests prior to using the New Room and the Reading Room which can host gatherings for up to 20 people and provide added space for any functions in the New Room including a space for refreshments and catering.

We are able to accommodate a number of different room set-ups and are happy to talk through with you about your catering and technical requirements.

So if you’re looking for a quirky and unique space with which to host an event or meeting please complete the booking form which details our hire costs and gives you opportunities to detail your specific requirements.

Please email or post the completed form below to us and if you have any queries please call the Library on 0113 245 3071.

Event Booking Form

Events at The Leeds Library

The Leeds Library Members' Film Club (TOE2017)

Saturday 7th October,
13:45 to 15:45

PLEASE NOTE - LATER START TIME FOR THE FILM! Members' Film Club: The Film Noir Season Details are only available in the library. £3.00 for refreshments SORRY - LEEDS LIBRARY MEMBERS ONLY!   more...

A Place called Home: David Oluwale's Leeds - An evening of poetry featuring Imtiaz Dharker and Glyn Maxwell with Caryl Phillips

Friday 13th October,
19:30 to 21:00

Award-winning playwright, author and essayist, Caryl Phillips, is performing as part of an event to remember David Oluwale. His 2007 book, Foreigners, features the life and brutal death of David Oluwa more...

'What do Historians Really Think about Biography? Thoughts from Spain'. A talk by Professor Adrian Shubert

Tuesday 17th October,
18:00 to 19:30

Biography is one of the most popular ways of writing about the past, but historians have long been ambivalent about the genre, often disqualifying it entirely. In this talk Professor Shubert will expl more...

Tour of the Leeds Library

Wednesday 18th October,
10:30 to 11:30

Visit the historic Leeds Library. The oldest surviving library of its kind in the UK. All welcome but booking essential. more...