The Brotherton Library (located in the Parkinson Building) contains the research collections for languages and the arts. The Special Collections Research Centre, including some of the UK's outstanding rare books and manuscripts, is based within the library. Read about disabled access.
Brotherton Library opening times
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30 minutes before closing time, floors 1 and 2 of the Brotherton Main Building close.
15 minutes before closing time the West Building and the computer cluster close. There is only access to the Main Building floors 3 and 4 in the last 15 minutes.
Café opening hours
Find out more about the Parkinson Court Café on the Great Food at Leeds website.
Brotherton Library floor plans
Brotherton Library study space
The Library has silent individual study space only, which must be booked in advance. Our group study facilities are currently unavailable due to measures taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Drinks with lids are allowed in the library. Please consume other food and drink outside or in the Parkinson Court café.
If you leave the library for more than 30 minutes, please take your belongings with you.
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Special Collections Research Centre
The Special Collections Research Centre is open to a limited number of researchers for in-person visits, see how to plan and book your visit.
Special Collections is the home of hundreds of thousands of rare books, manuscripts, archives and art. Our collections offer a rich resource for staff, students and the wider research community. The Special Collections Research Centre is on level 4 of the Brotherton Library, on the upper floor of the main reading room.
Virtual consultations and a quick photo service are available to University of Leeds researchers.
Brotherton Library IT and printing
Library computers are currently unavailable because of the coronavirus measures.
The Student Education Service provide a list of free to use software, apps and online tools for students, which includes assistive technology resources
Print, copy, scan
MyPrint devices are currently unavailable for drop-in printing because of the coronavirus measures. Please use the PCB Print Service instead.
You may print if you are studying in the library.
More information about printing, copying and scanning is available from the University IT service.
Read the Library's copyright information to check what you are allowed to copy.