the leeds librry

The Leeds Library founded 1768

  • 2013 Annual Subscription:
  • Individual (£120) Adult aged 26 years and over
  • Couple (£170) Two adults living at the same address aged 26 years and over
  • Family (£190) Two adults living at the same address aged 26 years and over plus two children aged under 18 and living at the same address
  • Young Person (£60) Adult aged 18-25 years
  • Additional 2 children on ANY membership category (£20)
  • Corporate - details/price on application

2013 Leeds Library applicationform.pdf


The Leeds Library is a wonderful mix of the old and the new located at the very heart of a busy shopping centre. It was founded in 1768 as a proprietary subscription library and is now the oldest surviving example of this sort of library in the British Isles. It became a charity on 1 July 2008.


There is a wide-ranging modern lending collection of books, magazines, dvds and cd books and music to which about 1500 additions are made each year. A historic collection of over 140,000 books is particularly strong in travel, biography, history and literature. There are also long runs of periodicals, popular novels and children's books and special collections of Civil War pamphlets and Reformation Tracts. A collection of books on science is currently being added to the library's online catalogue.


Grade II* listed 1808 Greek Revival building by Thomas Johnson with major 1880-81 extension to the rear by Thomas Ambler.


Charitable companyno 1114386

The Dial December 2012.pdf