Laidlaw and Parkingson buildings

University Library buildings

Leeds University Libraries are among the major academic research libraries of the UK, attracting students and scholars from around the world to the rich and extensive print, online and manuscript collections gathered during its 100-year history.

The Libraries create, manage and make available huge digital and print collections for study and research. Students study in state-of-the-art learning spaces, where knowledge is shared and new academic skills developed with our Skills@Library service. We facilitate open research and open access publishing and research data management to support and inspire research at all levels.

Our free, public galleries present our exceptional collections of fine art, artefacts, rare books and manuscripts. The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery offers innovative art exhibitions from the University Art Collection. The collection includes splendid examples of European and British painting, drawings and prints, dating from the 17th century up to the present day, as well as small collections of sculpture, ceramics, miniatures and photographs.

The Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery displays the finest rare books, manuscripts, art and archives from our world renowned Special Collections. The permanent display contains many highlights including Shakespeare’s First Folio, original material written by the Brontës, stunning illuminated medieval manuscripts and rare books from across the globe.

Leeds is the only library to have five of its premier Special Collections awarded Designated status, recognised as collections of outstanding international importance by the Arts Council. In 2016, Special Collections was awarded Archive Service Accreditation by The National Archives.

Knowledge for All: Leeds University Libraries Vision for 2030

Knowledge for all builds on our past and is our compass to become one of the greatest libraries in the world, supporting the University’s strategy Universal Values, Global Change.

Our Forward Plan sets the framework for how we will make the vision a reality.

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