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The Leeds Library

A magnificent independent library, a heritage gem, book lovers’ paradise and unique arts venue
Group 3 Copy 2 0113 245 3071
Group 6 Opening hours
  • Mon: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Tues: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Wed: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Thurs: 10:00 - 19:00
  • Fri: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat: 10:00 - 16:00

Founded in 1768, the Leeds Library is the oldest cultural institution in the city. Many people of local and national interest have been members including the scientist, theologian and political radical Joseph Priestley who was a founder member.

The Library has always provided a creative space where people can meet and share ideas and interests as well as borrowing items from its large and unique collection. For anyone who loves books, reading, writing, being creative or cultural history, it is a rewarding, inspiring and stimulating place to visit and linger. In the daytime, this cultural gem is an oasis of calm in the bustling heart of the city, at evenings and weekends, it morphs into a quirky arts venue where you might be scared witless by horror theatre or be wowed by the acrobatics of a modern dancer. The Library is regularly used as a TV and film location. 

Did you know
The Library is haunted, with staff regularly hearing or sensing the presence of Thomas Vincent Sternberg, a former librarian who died in 1880...