Room 700

Leeds Central Library’s new multi-use arts space is uniquely positioned on the first floor between the Music and Performing Arts Library and the Art Library. 

Room 700 is a fantastic space to ‘think, talk, make and do’; with year round events and activities for all ages and interests inspired by the heritage, special collections and books within Leeds Central Library. Activities will also take place in our branch libraries.

Why is called Room 700? Search for a book on the arts in a library and you will find it within 700 in the Dewey Decimal classification system.   

For all events, exhibitions, talks, performance and workshop details visit or phone Library Enquiries on 0113 378 5005.

Uncover more at Room 700 …

Uncover More: Written and Spoken Word

A Flock of Words – Our unique written and spoken word programme, celebrating a love of words.

Each month we’ll feature a nationally acclaimed artist, come and be inspired in a masterclass and see them perform live. A Flock of Words season tickets are available, so why not be a regular?

Uncover More: Artists in Residence

Room 700 host monthly artists in residence from different disciplines as part of our WordPlay project. These artists will run workshops, give talks and open the doors for you to come and watch them working or even take part.

Uncover More: Digital

One-off special events celebrating the digital opportunities available at Leeds Central Library and at libraries across the city. Delve into our interactive displays to learn more and deepen your experience.

Uncover More: Exhibitions

Sometimes there’ll be art on the walls, other times films, music, sculpture and interactive experiences. These are all developed in response to the many aspects of the Library. Opening times vary as other things are programmed alongside.

Uncover More: Family Friendly

We hold regular events to take part in, from gaming, animation and poetry to illustration, comics, reading and storytelling. 

Uncover More: Heritage

Discover more about hidden features of Leeds Central Library, treasures from our Special Collections and our popular Local and Family History regular themed talks. For further inspiration see our website:

Uncover More: Performances and Performing Arts

Join us as we celebrate performance with visiting plays suitable for all the family, and other pieces for adults. Room 700 is also a place to celebrate new writing and work in development. 

Uncover More: Talks

Some  talks are delivered by the library about the work we do, our special collections or the people of Leeds. Others are delivered by partners such as arts organisations, the Universities and the British Library. Discover how artists have developed their work in response to items from our Special Collections, the architecture of the building or other library inspirations. Learn more at one of our special events themed around business, science, literary anniversaries and more.


Use this form to give us your comments. Do not use it to give us personal information - please contact us if you need to get in touch.