The Leeds Library

A haven of peace & quiet... and 150,000 books



Members of the Leeds Library, the oldest surviving subscription library in England, enjoy easy access to over 550 years of printed works, alongside 60 magazines and newspapers and nearly 2000 DVD’s and audiobooks in the beautiful surroundings of a Georgian library.

Perched above Commercial Street, the peace and quiet of the Library’s New Room (opened in 1880) could be another world – far from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Take a moment to sit and relax in our Coffee Corner (you can even bring your own sarnies) reading the latest edition of The Rake, New York Review of Books, New Scientist, The Spectator, The Burlington Art Magazine and, of course, Independent Leeds.

Serendipity is a wonderful thing at the Leeds Library and 150,000 books await to inspire, delight and excite members. If, however, a particular book is not there, then members can just request it to be added to our ever-growing collection. Discover the latest fiction, dip into that classic novel you have always meant to read, research this year’s expedition by seeing what
others have said from the last 500 years.

Need inspiration with that latest design, trying to find the right words or just wanting to start
that novel that’s within all of us? Then come and join us at the Leeds Library.

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