History of Leeds Libraries

Selection of articles and other resources exploring the history and heritage of Leeds Libraries, including our beautiful, Grade II* listed Central Library (Municipal) building. Click to read more…

A Partial History of Leeds Central Library

A Library at War: Leeds Central Library During WW2

Leeds Central Library Tiled Hall

Alan Bennett on the Central Library

Celebrating 80-years of the Children’s Library

The Municipal Buildings: A History Tour in Photographs

Memories of Leeds Central Library
Did you work in the Municipal Building? (aka Leeds Central Library). If you did, we want to hear from you!

National Libraries Week 2020
Landing page for a series of articles taking a nostalgic look at local, branch libraries around Leeds, as well as brief histories of staff at the Central Library and the Mobile Library Service

Leeds Libraries Heritage Trail
Journey around Leeds’ many libraries, discovering the history & heritage of our services and their communities over the last 150-years. Originally published on Twitter during 2020 and 2021.