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Leeds Central Library

Central Library Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB, England
+44 113 378 5005
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Impressive building and excellent stock

We were really impressed with the building - superb interior decoration and interesting... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2016
books and archives and books

I love this wonderful old building, the architecture is amazing, it has wheelchair access by way of... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2016
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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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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Central Library Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB, England
+44 113 378 5005
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Reviewed August 23, 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.

Thank andrewbLewes
Reviewed August 10, 2016

I love this wonderful old building, the architecture is amazing, it has wheelchair access by way of a lift and the archives department is good, with helpful staff. There is usually something going on for the kids in the school holidays. The city bus stops...More

Thank spookyjan
Reviewed July 25, 2016

Formerly the Reading Room of the original Town Hall, this is now the Tea rooms for the Library. The room is magnificent and retains the original tiled ceiling and walls from when it was first opened as part of the Municipal Town Hall. The Rocky...More

Thank Paddy M
Reviewed July 5, 2016

Visited the cafe here on the recommendation of a friend who lives in Leeds. Would never have known it existed otherwise, Very nice cafe in a tiled hall - very attractive green Victorian or Edwardian tiles. Lovely snacks and light meals on offer

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Reviewed June 29, 2016

As well as a great public library, this is a very beautiful building with some superb internal architectural features. It is well worth visiting. It's also worth knowing that the basement toilets are free and easily accessed without going through the library (the entrance is...More

Thank AliAl-Asfa
Reviewed June 11, 2016

We where told by a local to visit the Libraries Tiled Cafe, as the art gallery is closed. We where blown away with the architecture of the building. The tiles where amazing. Loved the staircase with the dogs winding around. We also went and seen...More

Thank cheekymonkey72
Reviewed May 17, 2016

Thus building blew my mind away. What a surprise when you get inside. From the top of the building to the bottom it, it is wonderful. The cafe is great and reasonably priced. Absolutely loved it

Thank Chris Y
Reviewed March 30, 2016

WE went into the library out of the cold and was surprised. Quite a stunning entrance and not what we expected. The building is very grand and is an invitation to spend more tome gazing upwards at the architecture and then some time in the...More

Thank Miqs
Reviewed March 17, 2016

Next time you visit Leeds City centre do call into the cafe adjoining the Library. High class venue with superb coffee and to die for cakes and scones.

Thank Mike W
Reviewed February 17, 2016

For a great experience visit Leeds Central Library. Beautiful architecture and history. Lots of activities including readers groups , family history sessions, crafts, children's and teen events, business information and lots more! And of course lots of books, music and e-books to borrow for free....More

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