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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Chelping @ The Leeds Library

April 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Chelping returns to the Leeds Library on Wed 22 April with poets Hollie McNish & Camille McCawley & open mic. Tickets £8.

Tour of The Leeds Library

May 2 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Visit the historic Leeds Library. The oldest surviving library of its kind in the UK. All welcome but booking essential.If your group is larger than 6 people please contact the library in advance. Charges may apply.

Tour of The Leeds Library

May 13 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Visit the historic Leeds Library. The oldest surviving library of its kind in the UK. All welcome but booking essential.If your group is larger than 6 people please contact the library in advance. Charges may apply.

Nowt but verse

May 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Nowt but verseJoin Leeds based poet Hannah Stone for  a series of regular Friday Lunchtime poetry readings at Leeds Library.Peter Spafford, Director of Words at East Leeds’ very own Chapel FM radio station is our guest in May. He has written for theatre, radio and opera, and is also a member of the popular music/spoken word group Schwa. He is published by Valley Press and has a recent book incorporating photographs from Lucy Saggers. Booking is free. Bring your own lunch…

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