Give the gift of books to a friend or family member 

Membership of The Leeds Library is the perfect gift for anybody who loves books, calm surroundings and a beautiful building, and lasts all year round. Your gift will allow them to be part of the oldest membership library of its type in the UK, to relax in a stunning Grade 2 listed Georgian building which is one of Leeds’ cultural gems and to become part of a thriving community of book lovers and writers. 

Our Gift Membership includes all the benefits of membership  plus a beautiful, handwritten gift card and welcome letter. We can post this to you, or send it to your recipient directly. Gift recipients are then invited to make an appointment to be shown around the Library including an explanation of our range of services. An invitation to a New Members’ Evening will follow which includes a tour of our treasured collections, an opportunity to meet staff and Trustees and mingle with other new Members over drinks and nibbles.

To purchase a Gift Membership, simply choose the required membership type from the Join Us page on  our website, tick “this is a gift” option on the Checkout page, and pay online.  If you prefer to pay quarterly, or in person, drop in to the Library during our opening hours and speak to Membership Administrator, Jen Fox or any member of staff. You can also call us to pay by card on 0113 245 3071.

A Member says: “on entering the doors each time it has consistently been a place akin to a family for us, a family that shares in the search to develop one’s interests, some in common with other people, some perhaps not, a place that allows one’s creativity to spread into newer and often surprising areas, a place to chat or just to be silent, curled up in some corner in a chair, a place to munch on a sandwich or watch, as a cup of tea gets cold, because something new is taking your interest away, and too, a place to be part of the ongoing life in Leeds. ”

A warm welcome awaits!



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Heritage Open Day: Lunchtime Tour of The Leeds Library

September 20 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

As part of Heritage Open Day we are offering tours and a chance to glimpse inside our Georgian Library. The Tour: Come and explore the treasures of The Leeds Library on our 30 minute lunchtime tour, with time to explore our current exhibition which will relate to our wonderful collection of old and new Leeds maps, books and pictures. Please note that tour spaces are limited so it is essential that you pre-book. Public Opening Times with Tours Friday 13 September: Access to exhibition…

Nowt but verse

September 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Nowt but verse Join Leeds based poet Hannah Stone for the first of a series of regular Friday Lunchtime poetry readings at Leeds Library. On 20 September her guest will be Maria Isakova Bennett. Hannah’s pamphlet Swn y Morloi and Maria’s …an ache in each welcoming kiss are the first two publications from Marsden’s own Maytree Press, featuring poems about the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and ekphrastic poetry from art galleries in Liverpool respectively. Maria publishes the prestigious art/poetry journal Coast…

Heritage Open Day.“Leeds: There’s No Place Like Home”- Exhibition of Leeds Maps at The Leeds Library

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

For Heritage Open Day, find out where famous Leeds-born or Leeds connected people lived and worked. View our wonderful collection of old and new Leeds maps, books and pictures on 21st-22nd.

Speaking to the Shelves: Creative Writing Workshop with Michelle Scally Clarke

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Our Autumn Speaking to the Shelves creative writing programme begins with Michelle Scally Clarke: writing for wellbeing, on Saturday 21st September, 10am-12pm with the option to stay from 12-1pm for feedback. Tickets are £13. Michelle will be running this workshop again at 1.30pm. See separate booking link.

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