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
There are silent study spaces throughout the Brotherton, including the main reading room and the West Building annex. The group study area is in the West Building on floor 3. There is a group study room on floor 2 of the Main Building.
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
There is computer cluster with 61 PCs on Level 3 of the West Building
There are 11 timed-access computers: five in the Main Building level 3, four in the West Building floor 3 and one on Main level 2. There are 26 guest computers available throughout the library.
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 available in the West Building on floor 3. Each MyPrint device can print, copy, and scan.
Buy printer credits in advance from the MyPrint portal.
The microfilm and microfiche printer is on Main floor 1.
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.