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Through the Pages : 250 Years Of The Leeds Library

Click here to download the book leaflet & order form (pdf download)

As part of our 250th Anniversary we have published a commemorative book that looks at how the country’s oldest subscription library of its type has grown and prospered since its beginnings in 1768. Not merely an historical curiosity, today it is thriving as never before, playing a central role in the cultural life of Leeds and being a major venue for literary events.

This book celebrates the library, telling the fascinating story of its foundation, its buildings, its eminent members and the wonderful books it has acquired. Yet its chapters are of much more than local interest. They consider what visual messages a Georgian library building was expected to convey, what books it should contain and how should they be catalogued. Other chapters address reading and publishing in the context of the Enlightenment, or examines what nineteenth century women were reading and their status in the often masculine domain of libraries. Reflecting the library’s ambitious plans for the future, another chapter examines why Victorian books deteriorated so quickly and discusses the conservation of historic collections.

This is a book for bibliophiles the world over and a worthy celebration of The Leeds Library’s milestone 250th Anniversary. It costs £30 and can be ordered using the form shown here or directly from the library.

Events at The Leeds Library

Chelping @ The Carriageworks Theatre

Wednesday 14th November,
19:30 to 21:30

CHELPING @ THE CARRIAGEWORKS THEATRE, WEDNESDAY 14 NOVEMBER. Doors 7.00pm. Start 7.30pm. Tickets: £5. For one night only, Wednesday 14th November, Chelping is coming to you from the bar in the Carria more...

The Things We Wouldn't Otherwise Find

Wednesday 14th November,
19:30 to 22:00

The Things We Wouldn't Otherwise Find,  Tuesday 6 - Saturday 17 November. Just a few tickets left for some performances. Please book using the individual day ticket links. Sales on this link have bee more...

The Things We Wouldn't Otherwise Find - Saturday 17th November

Saturday 17th November,
19:30 to 20:30

The Things We Wouldn't Otherwise Find, Saturday 17th November. Just 8 tickets left! Doors open at 7pm, performance starts at 7.30pm for 50 mins. ‘I LIKE HOW BOOKS SMELL AND FEEL. I LIKE THE WEIGHT O more...

Joanne Harris in conversation

Tuesday 20th November,
19:00 to 21:00

We are delighted to welcome best-selling author Joanne Harris to the Leeds Library. She will be in conversation with Leeds writer and poet James Nash. Joanne will talk about her new novel,The Blue Sal more...