Central Library

Between October 2020 and June 2021 Leeds Libraries created a heritage trail around its Library sites, using a mixture of photographs, newscuttings and anecdotes from staff and customers. Originally published on Twitter – using the #LeedsLibrariesCHT hashtag – the complete set of tweets has now been archived here on the Secret Library Leeds blog. Use…

Exploring Leeds Central Library – The Basement

Over the next few weeks we’re going to take you around Leeds Central Library, down into the deep dark depths of the basement and up to the lofty glazed ceilings of the top floor.  Because when you have your very own 137 year old building it would be a shame not to explore it to…

National Libraries Week 2020: The Staff of the Central Library

The penultimate piece in our week of articles celebrating the history of the Leeds Library Service – this time, taking a light-hearted look at anecdotes from staff who have called the Central Library home… ***** Library (noun) – ‘A place in which literary, musical, artistic, or reference materials (such as books, manuscripts, recordings, or films)…

Local History Quiz #7: Leeds Central Library

This week’s local history quiz focuses on the history of our magnificent, Grade-II listed Central Library building and is brought to you by librarian Louise Birch.  Most of the answers can be found somewhere on this site, and you can see the full-set of answers at the bottom of the page… Q1. What year did…

Black History at Leeds Central Library

This week on the Secret Library blog we have chosen to highlight past articles exploring the rich legacy of Black communities, locally, nationally and internationally – as seen in the collections at Leeds Central Library. We shall be publishing more articles along these lines over the coming months, because we firmly believe #blacklivesmatter. A permanent…

Leeds Central Library: Reopening

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INFORMATION  BELOW IS SUBJECT TO CHANGES IN NATIONAL AND LOCAL RESTRICTIONS. CONTACT LIBRARY ENQUIRIES ON 0113 37 85005 TO CONFIRM BEFORE VISITING Leeds Central Library is now fully reopen with all services available and a return to our regular opening hours (other than Saturdays, which are currently 10-4pm) Local and Family…

Mining Genealogy Gold – A Hidden Gem in Leeds Central Library

This week we welcome guest author and family historian Jane Roberts, who explores how the Leeds Central Library Collection has shed new light on her own family history and the working conditions of children in mines and collieries.  As a family historian, I’m always on the look-out for sources which flesh out the lives of…

Memories of Leeds Central Library

Do you have memories of working in the Leeds Municipal Building on Calverley Street? Leeds Library Service is keen to hear from you, as their local history Librarians begin an exciting new project exploring the heritage of one of the city centre’s most iconic Victorian buildings. First opened in 1884, the Municipal Building has variously…