Leeds University Library

Brotherton Library access lift to close temporarily

Published Monday 21 November 2016

Brotherton Library reading room

Upgrade work closes lift into January

UPDATE: The access lift of Brotherton Library will be closed from Friday 25 November until sometime in January.

This is to finish installing a new, upgraded access lift. 

During this time Brotherton Library will still be accessible for mobility-impaired users.

What to do

Anyone with impaired mobility wishing to use Brotherton Library can speak to staff on reception, who will be happy to escort them to the accessible staff entrance at the back of the building. 

Users can save time by phoning or emailing ahead to arrange access: 
Email: library@leeds.ac.uk
Phone number: 0113 343 5663

Books and materials can be transported in advance from Brotherton to any of the other libraries on campus. Unfortunately, this service is not available for items held in Special Collections.

New lift

The new lift, which will be located at the main entrance, will take visitors outside of the building. This means that, unlike the old lift, it can be made large enough to be used by more than one person at a time.

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