In 2018 we celebrated our 250th Anniversary. As the oldest Membership Subscription Library in the country we marked this milestone for the Leeds Library with a programme of exhibitions, displays, talks, performances and writing throughout the year. We opened up our collections so that Members and non members alike could come into contact with our treasure trove of literary gems and develop an understanding and appreciation as to how the Library is not just a part of the history of Leeds but also has a role to play in its future.
We worked with a number of arts, heritage and cultural organisations on different aspects of the programme along with writers, poets and performers. Our aim was to enable access to the Library, its collections and to reveal its unique spirit like never before.
Particular highlights was our first ever academic Conference, a Celebration Dinner, a special Exhibition, an anniversary book and a rich and varied events programme.