Do your family members roll their eyes?

This week we hear from Library & Digital Assistant Becky Bavill about a new club for all you frustrated local historians out there… Do your family members roll their eyes and leave the room when you say things like ‘Did you know Leeds wasn’t a city until 1893?’ Do friends cross the street as you…

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…

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah – “Don’t Stray” from Map Day!

On May 2 we welcome the return of our fantabulous extravaganza of local history maps…Map Day! You can see more details in the poster below, or follow this link to all our previous articles featuring just some of the maps you can expect to see on the day – or click the image below the…

How Many Pages in this Book? Take a Guess!

Today on Secret Library Leeds, to mark National Libraries Week and the publication of our new seasonal brochure, we are proud to announce our very first competition! The competition is simple: guess the number of pages in what we believe is our longest single-volume book – a copy of the 1912 Kelly’s Directory of the…

“It were proper worsted”: Textiles in Leeds and West Yorkshire

Join us this a week on Saturday for a fascinating workshop delivered by Emily Owen, who has been researching the textile industry in Leeds. You can read more about Emily’s work in a previous blog article. Emily continues to be interested in hearing from any one with memories of life in the textile industry –…

The Magic of Harry Potter is coming to Leeds Central Library

Collections Manager, Rhian Isaac, talks about the upcoming Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition and programme of events in anticipation of the launch in December. It is 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published and we are extremely excited to be bringing the traditions of folklore and magic at the…

Commemorating World War I: Collections, Events & Exhibitions

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library We are now roughly mid-way through the centenary of the First World War and the Leeds Library and Information Service continues to mark that anniversary with a series of regular events – including exhibitions, talks and workshops. Our most recent set of such commemorative offerings were timed…

A Night of Fright!

by Ross Horsley, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library Last Friday, after the doors closed and the last remaining customers were ushered out into a chilly autumn evening, thirteen brave souls remained behind to stalk the darkened halls of Leeds Central Library. It was the eve of Halloween, and the perfect night for our first…