Leeds University Library

Visits to library top two million

Published Monday 22 August 2016

Helpful Laidlaw staff seen over shoulders of 3 students

Number of visits to the University Library increases

The number of visits to the University Library increased by an amazing quarter of a million in 2015-16 compared to the previous 12 months. A staggering 2,120,584 visits were recorded, representing an increase of more than 17.5%.

Students flocked to the brand new facilities at the Laidlaw Library which opened in May 2015. More improvements to study spaces are on the way.

The Edward Boyle Library has been partially closed for most of the academic year for refurbishment. A large part of this library will re-open in September offering 1,000 new study spaces and a Research Hub on floor 13 for postgraduates. The remainder of the refurbishment, including floor 8 and the cafe, will be completed early in the new year.

Library enquiries have also increased by 38% with customer services staff more visible than ever before. The number of books borrowed has also increased. The library is clearly a vital part of the student experience that contributes to academic success.

University Librarian, Stella Butler said, "We have invested time and resources in making sure we offer a choice of quality study spaces which suit students' needs.  The library is the best place for students to learn, access resources and work as groups or individuals."

The Library's website received over six million visits in 15-16, nearly one million more than the year before. The website is due to undergo a transformation to make it even more user friendly in 2017.

Stella added, "Our Skills@Library service has been an enormous success in developing critical thinking, referencing, dissertation and essay writing and much more. The Research Support Team can provide the advice and support researchers need to source and manage data, as well as helping them to get most impact with their research."

"Our Special Collections are envied by many. We would like to see more people accessing these incredibly valuable research resources. The Treasures of the Brotherton gallery will help publicise the collections. The gallery has attracted more than 12,000 people through the doors in its first six months and we expect this number to grow as it becomes better known!"

The increase in visits, enquiries, book and journal loans and website hits in 2015-16 is a clear sign of the central role the library and its services plays in the life of the University.