March 10, 2022 11:00 am

The Leeds Library is expanding! We are delighted to announce that the Leeds Library has completed the acquisition of  15, Commercial Street, the property next door to our current home, in the first expansion of the Library from its original footprint in over 140 years. After two years of challenge and uncertainty, the move is […]

Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE Becomes Patron of The Leeds Library

November 4, 2021 7:41 am

The Leeds Library, the oldest membership subscription library in the country, has today (4 November 2021) announced that the international bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE has accepted an invitation to become a patron of the Library. Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE was born in Upper Armley in Leeds and began her career as a journalist […]

Join Our Forum and You Could Win a £20 Book Token!

October 5, 2021 12:44 pm

Join Our Forum and You Could Win a £20 Book Token. Members only. All you have to do is register on the Members’ Forum and pop a comment into the Member Feedback section within the Membership category Board. If you are already registered, all you need to do is comment. See below for the link […]

A House Through Time in Leeds

September 1, 2021 11:06 am

We’re so excited about the next series of A House Through Time which airs on BBC2 on September 7th. Lots of the filming took place in the Library and here’s what David Olusoga says about us: “The Leeds Library is beautiful, a real jewel. I’m hoping people who watch the programme will realise it’s there […]

The Independent Libraries Association 2021 Conference is Now Open for Registration

July 12, 2021 3:49 pm

The Independent Libraries Association 2021 Conference is now open for registration! The Conference will be held on 24th-25th September in person in the Leeds Library and online. The programme and registration details are available here. We hope you can join us in our “Great Good Place.”

Member Update. Service Changes from Monday 19th July

July 12, 2021 3:42 pm

With further relaxation of the Covid-19 measures anticipated from the 19th July, we intend to operate the Library as following: Face coverings We feel that the best way forward is to adopt a common sense and considerate approach so that all staff and Members feel as comfortable as possible when visiting and using the Library.  […]

Speaks Volumes 27, the bi-monthly newsletter of the Leeds Library, is out now!

July 12, 2021 3:31 pm

Speaks Volumes 27, our bi-monthly newsletter, is out now! Keep up to date with our latest news including operational information after 19 July and new membership categories from 1st September. Read Speaks Volumes here.

Annual General Meeting of The Members of The Leeds Library – Saturday 26th  June 2021 at 2pm

May 17, 2021 3:30 pm

The Twelfth ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS OF THE LEEDS LIBRARY will be held in the Leeds Library, Commercial Street, Leeds and by Zoom, on Saturday 26th  June 2021 at 2pm. The agenda and papers for the meeting will be sent out nearer the date. Trustee Nominations Any Member of the Library wishing to stand […]

Member Update. Service Changes from Monday 17th May

May 6, 2021 3:49 pm

Working on the basis that the Government’s roadmap continues on the timetable that has been set, the following changes in service will be made from 17th May: Revised Opening Hours We will be extending our opening hours: Mon-Wed & Fri        10am to 5pm Thursday                 10am […]

Leeds Lit Fest Shortlisted for Best Literary Festival. Please Vote! 

April 27, 2021 4:27 pm

Thank you so much for voting for Leeds Lit Fest in the Saboteur Awards. We made the shortlist and would love to win the Best Literary Festival category for the second year running but can only do so if you vote for us. You only have to vote in THREE categories for your vote to count. BEST […]

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Tour of the Leeds Library

May 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Step inside The Leeds Library for a tour of our beautiful Grade II* Listed Building and its breath-taking collection

Speaking to the Shelves: Creative Writing Workshop with Yvonne Battle-Felton

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Leeds Library continues its Speaking to the Shelves programme with a new series of creative writing sessions available at the library or online.

Leeds Library Members’ Spring Celebration

June 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A celebratory event for members of The Leeds Library, including afternoon tea, games and more. You are cordially invited... To coincide with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, The Leeds Library is inviting members to a special Spring celebration event at the Library on Wednesday 1st June, 3-5pm. Tickets are £10 each and will include an afternoon tea with sandwiches and locally made scones, tea & coffee, and a glass of Prosecco or Pimms. There will also be a quiz and…

Zine workshop with Claire O’Brien

June 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join illustrator and zinester Claire O'Brien in a fun and informal introduction to zine making. Pay how you feel event.

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