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Travelling to the University of Leeds

Whatever your mode of transport, directions and information on parking are available on the University website.

University of Leeds Campus Libraries map [PDF]

Finding Special Collections

Go up the steps below the clock tower and enter the Parkinson Building (B on the Campus Libraries Map, above). The Brotherton Library entrance is directly ahead. There is a staffed reception desk, where you enter and exit the building. External visitors will need to register here.

Special Collections is on floor 4 (this is the first floor up), via the staircase towards the back of the main Library reading room. Turn left, through the glass doors, walking straight along the corridor until you reach the Special Collections reception. Press the bell to the left of the door and we will let you in.

Brotherton Library floorplan

Disabled access

The Brotherton Library is wheelchair accessible, and has lifts and disabled toilets.

Brotherton Library floorplan

The University has designated free-of-charge parking spaces for disabled visitors. Show your "blue badge" on arrival to a security officer at the main entrance gate (outside the Parkinson Building). Please let us know in advance of your visit so we can advise staff at the main barrier.


Eating and drinking is not permitted in Special Collections. The nearest cafes on campus are Parkinson Court Cafe in the Parkinson Building (you will have passed this on your way in) or Cafe Maia in the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building (exit the Parkinson Building and turn right). There are also several places to eat on Blenheim Terrace (exit the Parkinson Building and cross the road).