Leeds University Library

Edward Boyle Library to be refurbished

Published Monday 20 April 2015

Computer generated image of the refurbished EBL entrance

Funding and planning permission are in place for a major refurbishment of the Edward Boyle Library starting this summer.

The refurbishment is an opportunity to overhaul not just the look and feel of the building, which will be greatly enhanced, but also the infrastructure. This means that the building will be lighter and airier all year round - a truly comfortable and inspiring space in which to study.

What will happen during the refurbishment?

The building work will take place over 18 months. 

The Edward Boyle Library will close for the summer vacation on Friday 5 June, after the majority of exams are finished. By this date the new Laidlaw Library will be open to provide Library facilities and sufficient study space over the summer.  

Core texts and high demand texts will be moved to the Laidlaw Library - where they will remain. The science, engineering and textiles journals have been relocated to the Brotherton Library (current issues) or Western Campus Store (past volumes). For the remaining science and engineering resources, the Library will run a retrieval service - you put in a request and staff will collect the book for you, to be picked up from whichever other Library you prefer.

The Edward Boyle Library will partially re-open in autumn 2015, with 1,000 study spaces available, and full access to the science and engineering texts. Refurbishment work will continue in the closed half of the building.  

In summer 2016, the Edward Boyle Library will close again for the summer vacation. It will re-open in autumn 2016, with the refurbished part of the building open for study and access to texts, while work on the other half of the building is completed. 

The fully refurbished Edward Boyle Library should open in early 2017.

Find out more

We will provide regular updates during the refurbishment work via display screens, the Library website and the Portal. We also have webpages with further information on all Library building developments