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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. 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.

Events at The Leeds Library

Headingley LitFest 'Between the Lines' Event: A Rehearsal of the Life and Death of Robert Devereux, Second Earl of Essex

Thursday 27th September,
19:30 to 21:00

A Headingley LitFest ‘Between the Lines’ event Merry Melancholy presents the play: A Rehearsal of the Life and Death of Robert Devereux, Second Earl of Essex Tudor song and drama with Jenny Hill a more...

Thoresby Society -The Country is against us: Leeds and the introduction of Dialysis in Britain

Monday 1st October,
18:30 to 20:00

The Country is against us: Leeds and the introduction  of Dialysis in Britain. Dr John Turney shows how Leeds led the way in this important field of medicine.This is a FREE event more...

The Leeds Library Members' Film Club (FS2018)

Saturday 6th October,
13:15 to 16:00

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

Frankenstein at The Leeds Library

Tuesday 9th October,
17:15 to 18:00

For 3 days only, from Tuesday 9 Oct  - Thursday 11 Oct , the Leeds Library presents a unique immersive experience based on the story of Frankenstein. Rediscover this iconic novel through the voices more...