Special Collections, Leeds University Library

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Leeds University Library University of Leeds Woodhouse Lane
West Yorkshire

  • Library: 0113 343 5663
  • Textphone: 0113 343 5697
  • Special Collections: 0113 343 5518
  • University Archive (Monday-Tuesday): 0113 34 35061
  • University Archive (Wednesday-Friday): 0113 34 35518

Free to all visitors, the Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds holds exceptional collections on a vast variety of subjects. We welcome you to research the area of your interest in the Fay and Geoffrey Elliott Reading Room, whether for formal academic study or personal interest. There are nearly 200,000 rare books and hundreds of thousands of manuscripts to choose from, ranging from illuminated medieval manuscripts to archives of significant contemporary poets such as Geoffrey Hill. Visit our online exhibition for a taster of the collections: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/virtualtour/ This library has Designated Collections of national importance.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 09:00 to 18:00 Friday: 09:30 to 17:00 Saturday: 10:00 to 13:00 Sunday: Closed


Free of charge

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Research facilities for academics
  • Study facilities
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas

Facilities information:

If you are not a member of the University of Leeds, please contact Special Collections or the University Archive to make an appointment prior to visiting.


  • Information point provided
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students

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