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Roofing work at Central Library

The Local and Family History department will be closed from Monday 24th April to Friday 28th April due to roofing works. The third floor of the Central Library is currently closed due to roofing works. The Quiet Study room and meeting room are inaccessible until further notice. Some areas of specialist stock are also inaccessible please contact us to check for specific items, libraryenquiries@leeds.gov.uk or 0113 378 5005. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Library closures over Easter and Bank Holiday

All library sites will be closed for Easter on Friday 14th, Sunday 16th and Monday 17th April, and on Monday 1st May for the Bank Holiday.

Central library

Municipal Buildings
Calverley Street

Library Enquiries 0113 378 5005, libraryenquiries@leeds.gov.uk
Meeting room hire centrallibrarybookings@leeds.gov.uk

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

Please note the library is closed on Bank Holidays

The Central library includes specialist departments to assist with enquiries and research


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, you will need to be a member of the library to access the computer.
  • Assistive technology
  • Community information
  • Council papers and planning applications (online
  • Employment and training advice
  • Events and activities for adult and children
  • Free internet access (including WiFi)
  • 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​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​Access: There is on street parking only, and access is dependent on where the vehicle is parked.  The surface is mainly concrete and paving slabs with curbs in various conditions. There is the possibility of crossing busy roads via pelican crossings. There are several access points

  • Victoria Gardens basement level access via either eight steps or ramp. There is also level access via the Galley Shop/Brew Bar. Lift access to all floors.
  • Access via Art Gallery up a number of stairs or ramp through automatic doors. These are automatic doors to the Art Gallery; Access to the library is through the Tiled Hall Café. Access to other areas via lift.
  • Calverley street entrance up a number of stairs and through a heavy double door. Access to other floors via lift.

Accessible toilets are located in the basement area or in the Art Gallery and there is a Changing Places facility in the Gallery Shop.

The building has four floors, ground level to third. All public library areas have low level counters and portable Induction loop is available if required. Large keyboards, mouse, trackball, screen magnifier, Global Writer and Boardmaker are also available.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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