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Address: Central Library Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB, England
Phone Number:
+44 113 378 5005
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09:00 - 19:00
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Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Mon - Wed 09:00 - 19:00
Thu 09:00 - 18:00
Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Leeds Central Library is the city's main public library. The building is...

Leeds Central Library is the city's main public library. The building is Grade II* listed and opened in 1884. The Central library has several departments; Central Lending, Art, Music and Performing Arts, Local and Family History, Information and Research and Business and Intellectual Property.

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Fascinating building

The building is worth a visit alone. Beautiful tiled walls, staircases and corridors. The cafe is pretty good too!

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lauren J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The building is worth a visit alone. Beautiful tiled walls, staircases and corridors. The cafe is pretty good too!

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liverpool
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this by chance on a day visit. Didn't realise the gallery was closed but saw the amazing cafe and decided to have lunch. We had coronation chicken sandwich and tarragon chicken bagel, both lovely, with Yorkshire tea naturally. Friendly staff and great place to chill for a while.

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Thank redsusie
Leeds, United Kingdom
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294 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

A really good place to visit and you can find lots of information all at your fingertips. Should try it sometime. I will be back.

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Thank eunice38
Kolkata
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179 reviews
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

The building itself is worth seeing and there are regular tours to point out the special features. The library is housed in the same building as the art gallery (closed for work on the roof in 2016, to reopen in 2017 some time). Even without being able to explore the art gallery half of it, it is incredibly beautiful inside.... More 

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Thank ArghyaKolkata
LeedsCentralLibrary, Public Relations Manager at Leeds Central Library, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review of Leeds Central Library, great to read that you thought the building has a beautiful interior. The building works to the roof on the library and Art Gallery are scheduled to end in the autumn. Thanks for visiting! More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

The reading materials are massive, plenty of books and collections. The stairs, walls and mosaic are just classic. There are discussion and computer rooms available. There is a cafe downstairs and the ceiling is just amazing. Love the interior and design. Great place to hang out, write an assignment or just reading. Its free to enter and its located in... More 

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Thank nurulshima14
LeedsCentralLibrary, Public Relations Manager at Leeds Central Library, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review of Leeds Central Library! It's fantastic to hear that you enjoy using the building for studying and reading and that you appreciate our beautiful interior. Many thanks! More 

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

The Art Gallery was closed so we decided to wander around the Library as part of a day out in Leeds looking at the architecture and monuments of the city. The library is beautiful inside with ornate tiling on floors and walls at all levels as you go up the stairs as well as interior stone arches giving an almost... More 

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LeedsCentralLibrary, Public Relations Manager at Leeds Central Library, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review of Leeds Central Library! It's great to hear that you enjoyed seeing the architecture and the tapestry. Thanks for visiting! More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 November 2016

Its situated on many floors and the history archives is worth seeing if you want to see your family history. Theres a pretty cafe and own area to study.

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Thank Ed E
Leeds, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

I do love my local library and its staff but having to visit the Leeds Central Llibrary for a meeting recently one forgets how impressive this Library and building is. If you work in Leeds it's madness not to use its many and varied sections. Living out of town do remember you can, as a member use and borrow from... More 

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Thank Mike W
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

A great building full of everything you could imagine. You spend hours in there. Make sure you book if you want to use the computers. The cafe is also lovely

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Thank Sal7thomp
Lewes
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We were really impressed with the building - superb interior decoration and interesting embroideries. Also an excellent collection of art books - a large room dedicated to art and very helpful staff in the local studies room.

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Thank andrewbLewes

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