Leeds University Library

Laidlaw Library opens 27 May

Published Tuesday 19 May 2015

Photograph of the front of the Laidlaw Library

Our stunning new building will open its doors for the first time on Wednesday 27 May.

We're pleased to announce the opening of the Laidlaw Library. With light and airy spaces, modern furniture, comfortable seating areas, and the views over the University and across Leeds it won't be hard to find your inspirational study space here.

The new library offers open desks, private booths, soft armchair seating and high benches. There are quieter areas on the upper floors, bookable group rooms, study rooms for disabled students and a Skills zone for drop-ins and workshops by our award-winning Skills@Library service. We've provided power sockets at every desk, and just downstairs a Caffè Nero if you need a coffee or a snack.  

The High Demand Collection and core texts will move to the Laidlaw Library after the exam period (further information is available about where books will be over the summer, and the first phase of the Edward Boyle refurbishment).

We've also thought about sustainability and our carbon footprint. The library has low energy lighting, a green rooftop garden - with beehives, and solar panels on the roof.

On the walls you'll find original artworks from students in the School of Design and the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies (these will be changing every year). The designs on the glass panels have been created by Graphics students from the School of Design. At the main entrance, a sculpture by the internationally renowned artist Simon Fujiwara is to be installed - the latest work of public art on campus

The Library is very grateful to Lord Laidlaw and the almost 2,500 alumni and donors who made this building possible - their names are featured on a special Donor Wall on the ground floor.

You can check location information and opening hours online, or contact us if you have any questions.