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Central library

Municipal Buildings
Calverley Street
LS1 3AB.

Enquiries  0113 247 6016, meeting room hire 0113 247 8911.

Opening times​​​
Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 7pm
Wednesday 9am to 7pm
Thursday 9am to 6pm
Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 11am to 3pm

Variations to opening hours during over Christmas and New Year can be found in the Documents section on this page.


The Central library includes specialist departments to assist with enquiries and research, Art library, Central Lending, Music and Performing arts, Information and research library, Business & IP Centre, Leeds and Local and Family History. More information about these services can be found in the 'Related Pages' section.

Services and facilities in the Central Library

  • Free book lending service for adults and children - fiction, non-fiction, large print, storytapes for children, talking books, world and other language books
  • Free computer access for adults and children with Microsoft office
  • Assistive technology
  • Community information
  • Council papers and planning applications (online)
  • Drama collection
  • Employment and training advice
  • Events and activities for adult and children
  • Free internet access
  • Intellectual property
  • Learning sessions
  • Leeds Tapestry - 16 panels of extraordinary work of art about the history of the city.
  • Newspapers and journals - details in documents.
  • Online resources
  • Photocopiers
  • Printing - black and white, colour
  • Quiet study area
  • Readers' group and writers' group
  • Request service
  • Special collections

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