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

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.

The Leeds University Library Galleries give free access for everyone to experience these exceptional Special Collections.

The Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery is the public face of the Special Collections held at the University of Leeds. 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.

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery is free for visitors to experience the University’s exceptional 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.