Welcome to The Secret Library, home to Leeds Libraries heritage blog. We hope to bring insights into the history and architecture of our 1884 Central Library building, a behind the scenes look at the Library and highlights from our Special Collections, including rare books hiding in the stacks. We will also be sharing highlights from collections in our branch libraries. Many of the articles focus on local history, so expect lots of intriguing stories and snippets from old newspapers, maps, diaries, playbills, photographs and census records.
Most articles are written by Library staff, but we welcome external contributions, particularly as they relate to library stock and collections. Please get in touch with comments, or requests for anything you wish to know more about using the contact link or tweet questions using #secretlibraryleeds.
Where more images are available posts will link to our Flickr site.
Contact our Library Enquiries team on 0113 37 85005 or LibraryEnquiries@leeds.gov.uk to find out more about any of the articles posted here.