Leeds Central Library

More books than you could possibly imagine

A Grade II listed building built between 1878 and 1884, Leeds Central Library is a public library situated on the Headrow. It houses the city library service’s single largest general lending and reference collection and hosts theĀ Leeds Art Gallery.

The building has four floors, ground level to third, connected by beautifully ornate stone staircases. They pale in comparison to the majesty of the Tiled Hall, however. 80 by 40 feet of tiled oak, ebony and walnut perfection, the Tiled Hall is one of the most enchanting environments to find yourself getting lost in any book- provided you don’t get distracted by the magnificent roof!

There are two very special collections in the Leeds Central Library. The Gott Bequest is a collection of around 600 early English gardening books, so those green-fingered souls amongst you can rattle your botanical brains with some herbal history and gardening design pamphlets dating back to the 16th Century! For those of you who prefer something a little more viscous, The Gascoigne Collection, donated to the library in 1968 by Sir Alvary Gascoigne, includes over 3,000 items relating to the subjects of military and naval history.

And if neither of those tickle your fancy, with more books than you could read in a lifetime, Leeds Central Library will definitely have a shelf just for you.

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