Leeds University Library

About the Library

Who we are Library locations What we're doing Strategy and policies

Who we are

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.

With over 2.8 million print and 500,000 online books, and more than 37,000 print and online journals, the Library welcomes almost two million visitors borrowing three million items every year.

Our staff provide specialist support, information literacy and academic skills teaching, so that students and staff find, use and apply the information they need effectively.

The Library offers a variety of study environments, with over 3,900 study spaces across its three campus buildings, from silent individual study to vibrant group work areas. There are extensive computer facilities and the Library is wireless enabled throughout for laptop use.

What we're doing

Measuring our performance

Targets and service standards


Sustainability Area

Sustainability book reviews

Library environmental statement

Library projects


The project will investigate the requirements for, and pilot the implementation of, an institutional research data management infrastructure.

Copac Collection Management Tools Pilot

This project is developing a prototype service, based on the Copac database, to support collection management in UK research libraries.

Information on all current and completed projects.

Acting on your feedback

We value and act on customer feedback:

Fines and loan period changes

Leeds University Library survey - LibQUAL (PDF)
Customer Satisfaction summary and action plan (PDF)

Send us your feedback

Laidlaw Library

A new library is to be built on Woodhouse Lane as part of the University's improvement programme.

Early draft of the north elevation of the new undergrduate library

Early architect's impression of what the new library might look like from Woodhouse Lane.