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Annual report 2019-20


Library buildings were closed from 17 March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There was no access to print collections, digitisation facilities and no way to receive new print items.

Our click and collect service opened on 3 August for customers to order and collect print material.

Our first limited study space was made available from 28 August.


Staff costs (£k): 6,633

Spend on books and journals (£k): 6,247

Other non-staff expenditure (£k): 1,194

Fines and penalties income (£k): 6


New monographs: 5,142

New ebooks: 121,351

Downloads from e-resources: 5,572,066

Downloads from ejournals: 6,086,972

Physical items held: 2,723,845

Customer Services

Items borrowed: 165,993

Visits to the Library: 1,429,765

Edward Boyle Library: 658,595

Laidlaw Library: 403,661

Brotherton Library: 188,140

Health Sciences Library: 171,374

St James’s University Hospital Library: 7,995

Library enquiries: 99,306

Academic Skills Support

Students receiving academic skills teaching: 30,133

Skills enquiries: 9,051

One-to-one consultations incl maths and statistics: 1,105

Views of Skills@Library online resources: 3,275,978

Digital experience

Library website visits: 8,178,995

Minerva page views: 24,131,102

Digital Content and Repositories

Number of datasets deposited in Research Data Leeds: 165

Number of items deposited into White Rose Research Online (Leeds): 8,322

Number of items deposited into White Rose eTheses Online (Leeds): 1,101

Number of items deposited into Leeds Digital Library: 2,294

Number of items digitised in the studio: 20,876

Special Collections

Number of visits to the Research Centre: 945

Gallery visitors: 13,292

Number of teaching sessions facilitated: 69

Number of engagement events: 124