Leeds University Library

New library named

Published Friday 29 November 2013

Computer generated image of the new Laidlaw Library

The Laidlaw Library is due to open in the spring of 2015.

The University has received a donation of £9M from Lord Irvine Laidlaw towards the construction of a new undergraduate library. In recognition of his support, it will be known as the Laidlaw Library. 

The library will become a new focus for undergraduate life on campus, providing inspiring study spaces and the high-end technology needed by 21st century students. It will give easy access to the printed texts and electronic resources which are central to the first two years of undergraduate study, putting at students' fingertips the materials required to support modern higher education.

The Laidlaw Library is due to open in the spring of 2015. 

Lord Laidlaw is a Leeds graduate and has already generously supported several university projects including scholarships. This donation was made as a contribution to the University's "Making a World of Difference" fundraising campaign.

Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands expressed the University's gratitude: "This is exciting news. Irvine Laidlaw is a committed supporter of the University and the library will become a permanent reminder of his generosity." 

Find out more about the construction and development of the Laidlaw Library.