Coming Soon

Through the Pages : 250 Years Of The Leeds Library

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As part of our 250th Anniversary we are producing 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. Others address reading and publishing in the context of the Enlightenment, while another 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.

Events at The Leeds Library

The Leeds Library Salon: On Freedom

Friday 29th June,
19:00 to 20:30

Leeds Library Salon : Freedom A new quarterly event of talks, live art and performances, mini-lectures, and conviviality Presented by Leeds Library. Curated and co-produced by Renaissance One Doors 6. more...

The Leeds Library Members' Film Club (WFTP2018)

Saturday 7th July,
13:15 to 16:00

Members' Film Club: The W&H Season Details are only available in the library. £4.00 including refreshments SORRY - LEEDS LIBRARY MEMBERS ONLY! more...

Romance and the Brontës at The Leeds Library

Thursday 12th July,
19:30 to 21:30

Romance and the Brontës at The Leeds Library 18 Commercial Street, Leeds, LS1 6AL To celebrate the 250th anniversary of The Leeds Library and 200 years of the Brontës, there will be a panel of RNA ( more...

The Leeds Library Members' Film Club (SS2018)

Wednesday 18th July,
18:15 to 21:00

Members' Film Club: The W&H Season Details are only available in the library. £4.00 including refreshments SORRY - LEEDS LIBRARY MEMBERS ONLY! more...