The Chimney Corner: Secret Books From The Secret Library #2

The second in an irregular (very irregular) series of books and other items selected from our vast collections. In this entry Librarian Antony Ramm takes a look at a rather nice presentation book with some eye-catching illustrations… The book – if we can even call it a book – was produced to commemorate a special…

Breaking the News: Central Library Exhibition

Monday February 28 – Thursday April 7 2022 The news has shaped the world we live in for centuries. Today we carry it everywhere we go. This major new exhibition at Leeds Central Library, in partnership with the British Library, examines the vital role it plays in all our lives. Breaking the News will showcase some…

Rare Books Round Up – Big Garden Birdwatch Edition

Each week our Collections Manager Rhian, brings you our ‘Rare Book of the Week’ on our social media accounts, too good to be lost in the daily deluge of tweets and Instagrams we wanted to bring you a round-up of some of our favourites. This week it’s the turn of Birds. This weekend marks the…

Botanicals of the Winter Solstice

It’s day 21 of our Heritage Advent calendar and also the Winter Solstice, to celebrate we’re delving deep into a very beautiful item from our Special Collections. Some of our favourite winter plants can be found in the beautifully illustrated encyclopaedia of trees Sylvan Musings, or, The Spirit of the Woods (1849)by Leeds botanist and…

Libraries Week 2021

National Libraries Week 2021 runs 4-10 October 2021 and Leeds Libraries are putting on a host of events – both online and in person – to celebrate our buildings and collections. We are, once again, running our Speed Date a Library Treasure event but this time we’re moving online. You’ll still see a selection of…

Step Back Leeds

This week we hear about a project making creative use of the Central Library’s 19th-century Political Cartoons collection… Organised by a group of five second-year Liberal Arts students at University of Leeds, Step Back Leeds is a project that works to explore the 19th Century political story of Leeds through the Leeds Libraries’ collection of…

Rare Book Round Up – Illustrious Illustrations

Each week our Collections Manager Rhian, brings you our ‘Rare Book of the Week’ on our social media accounts, too good to be lost in the daily deluge of tweets and Instagrams we wanted to bring you a round-up of some of our favourites. This week it’s the turn our beloved illustrated beauties. We’ll begin…

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…