In recent years the Library has delivered a number of Projects to attract new audiences with the Library and to look at new ways in which we can raise the profile and engage the wider public in the work and significance of our Collections through

The Library has worked in partnership with several arts and cultural organisations.  These have included:

Below are links to some of the projects that the Library has been involved in highlighting some of the many artists, performers and writers who have collaborated to bring our Library and Collections to life.

Much of the work associated with the projects could not have been made possible without the support and funding from a number of funding bodies and grant giving trusts including the Arts Council, HLF, Leeds Inspired and The Bramall Trust.

Most notable are the projects undertaken with Alchemy Anew who with the Library have delivered several projects in recent years including Hidden Diamonds in 2015 and The Haunting: Ghosts of Every Shade in 2016 that combined music, drama, spoken work, film, visual arts, installations, dance and craft to bring unique spectacles and experiences to the Library

Below are links to some of these projects including videos of the some of our many collaborators and contributors.  We will also detail forthcoming projects that we will be taking forward on this pages.

The Hidden Diamond


Radiance is a specially commissioned poem written by writer, Rommi Smith  for The Hidden Diamond.

The Haunting : Ghosts of Every Shade

Filmed performances from The Haunting.

Sound clips of the Haunted Doll’s House.

Events at The Leeds Library

The Leeds Library Members' Film Club (AOAM2018)

Saturday 7th April,
13:15 to 16:30

Members' Film Club: The “I fought the law…” Crime Season Details are only available in the library. £4.00 including refreshments SORRY - LEEDS LIBRARY MEMBERS ONLY! more...

The Leeds Library, The Through the Pages Anniversary Monthly Film Series (IHON)

Monday 9th April,
18:15 to 20:00

The Leeds Library celebrates its 250th anniversary this year, and each month, we will show a film around the themed monthly exhibitions on display in our foyer. Details are only available in the libr more...

Chelping @ The Leeds Library

Wednesday 11th April,
19:30 to 22:00

Launch of the Leeds Library's monthly spoken word night, hosted by Matt Abbott and presenting award winning Joelle Taylor, supported by Genevieve Walsh. Doors open 7pm. Joelle Taylor Joelle Taylor is more...

Tour of the Leeds Library

Wednesday 18th April,
10:30 to 11:30

Visit the historic Leeds Library. The oldest surviving library of its kind in the UK. All welcome but booking essential. more...