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, at which point their membership will be activated. Gift recipients have one year from purchase in which to activate their membership. 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, select “Is this a gift – Yes” option on the Checkout page, and pay online if you have a Paypal account. If you do not have a Paypal account and prefer not to create one, then you can pay by credit or debit card over the telephone by calling us on 0113 245 3071 during our opening hours.  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.

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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Speaking to the Shelves: Creative Writing Workshop-Matthew Hedley Stoppard

January 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Have you always been a reader? Have you ever fancied having a go at writing creatively but haven’t yet devoted time to it? Perhaps you are an experienced writer looking for a new form to explore or need some good old-fashioned inspiration.Our Spring Speaking to the Shelves creative writing programme begins with Matthew Hedley Stoppard: rendering place and time in poetry on Saturday 18th January,10am-12pm with the option to stay from 12-1pm for feedback. Tickets are £13. Matthew will be running this workshop…

Speaking to the Shelves: Creative Writing Workshop-Matthew Hedley Stoppard

January 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Have you always been a reader? Have you ever fancied having a go at writing creatively but haven’t yet devoted time to it? Perhaps you are an experienced writer looking for a new form to explore or need some good old-fashioned inspiration.Our Spring Speaking to the Shelves creative writing programme begins with Matthew Hedley Stoppard: rendering place and time in poetry on Saturday 18th January, 1.30pm-3.30pm with the option to stay from 3.30-4.30pm for feedback. Tickets are £13. Matthew Hedley Stoppard is the UK's…

The Thoresby Society Members evening

January 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Thoresby – Members eveningMembers of The Thoresby Society are invited to join us for the annual members evening. 1.      The Prints and prospects of Samuel Buck – a talk by Dr Roy Yates.2.      The Leeds Bantams in World War 1. – Chris Hindle will share some of his research.This will be followed up by an excursion in the spring.Refreshments will be provided in between the talks. This is a FREE event but booking is essential. 

Leeds Library and Civic Trust joint event: James Rhodes ‘Lost in the past; women of Leeds’

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

All welcome!“Leeds history writer James Rhodes will talk to us about the lives of some notable women from Leeds’s past whose stories deserve to be much better known than they are today.” 

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