Leeds University Library

Better access for Brotherton

Published Friday 22 July 2016

a young woman using a laptop in the Brotherton Library

A new lift will improve wheelchair access

A new access lift is being installed in the Brotherton Library.

Located at the main entrance, the lift will take visitors outside of the building. This means it can be made large enough for more than one person at a time.

There will be intermittent loud noise as the new lift is installed. Alternative silent study areas are available in Laidlaw Library on floors 2 and 3.

The University is improving access for mobility-impaired users throughout the historic building. All the lifts in the Brotherton West building are also being refurbished.

Special planning permission for the lift was sought from Leeds City Council.

As Brotherton Library is a Grade 2 listed building, the University is responsible for conserving the original Beaux-Arts aesthetic of architects Lanchester and Lodge. The lift will therefore be in keeping with the modernist style of the Library, which was built in 1936.

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Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the works.

More information about Library access for disabled users