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 four 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

White Rose Libraries Collaborative Collection Management

White Rose University Libraries are working with OCLC GreenGlass to map and analyse library collections to discover collection strengths and duplication.

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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)

Send us your feedback

Building developments

The Library is undertaking a number of building works projects, including:

Edward Boyle Library

The extensively refurbished Edward Boyle Library opened fully in January 2017.

Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

A new Library Gallery opened in February 2016 to make our Special Collections publicly available for all.