Leeds University Library

Edward Boyle now fully open

Published Wednesday 11 January 2017

IT and Library enquiries desks with moving figure

All levels of the Edward Boyle Library have fully opened to students and staff.

Since students returned from the Christmas break, the refurbished library has welcomed hundreds through the doors. With all six floors now open, the library offers over 2,000 study spaces and is already proving popular for exam revision. 

Level 8, which had been closed off is now open and offers additional bookable group rooms, individual silent study spaces and a conference room.

The Edward Boyle has been undergoing major refurbishment since 2015 and reopened, in part, in September 2016.

Jane Saunders, Head of Collections Services said, "It is lovely to open the full building up to our students again. The area that was opened in September had already been really well received, including the new Research Hub for postgraduates on Level 13.

"Students will see some empty book shelves, but these will be filled with social science books from the Brotherton Library over the summer. The newly designed interior has allowed us to upgrade all the study spaces, for both individual and group study.

"I'd like to thank everyone for their patience while the building work was taking place around them over this period of time."

Great Food At Leeds has also opened the cafĂ© on Level 9 selling a variety of hot and cold food and drinks.

The restoration of the building not only provides a state-of-the-art library encompassing a wide variety of different learning environments, but also accentuates the original design intent of the building. 

The Edward Boyle Library forms part of a much wider group of listed Brutalist buildings at the University of Leeds designed by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon and constructed in the 1960s and early '70s.

It has already received praise from conservation experts and has been shortlisted in the 2016 Leeds Architecture Awards

More information on the Edward Boyle Library refurbishment.