Leeds libraries: where to borrow books near me – and how to get a free library card

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Joining a library in Leeds unlocks many benefits beyond borrowing your favorite book – with sites now offering 24-hour access to resources such as materials to discover your heritage and fun activities for children .

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Joining the library is now completely free and you don’t need to live in Leeds to join a Leeds library. Photo: AP Features Archive

How do I get a library card?

Library membership is now completely free.

Anyone can join and you don’t need to live in Leeds to join a Leeds library.

Where can I use my library card?

You can use your library card at any branch in Leeds, including the large city center central library.

You can also register your card at any leisure center to enable online reservations.

If you have given a Leeds library an email address, they can send you reminders when your books are due back.

They do not charge fines for late return of books, but items not returned will be treated as lost and a fee may apply to replace them.

What are the benefits when you join a library?

Free benefits for new members include:

a loan of 20 pounds for an initial period of three weeks

bookable computers with Internet access

home online resources

downloadable e-books and e-audio

Where is my nearest library?

Below is a list of some of the libraries in Leeds.

The full list of Leeds libraries can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB

Leeds Central Library is a public library in Leeds open since 1878.

It houses the largest lending and general reference collection in the City Library Service and houses the Leeds Art Gallery.

18 Commercial Street, Leeds LS1 6AL

Leeds Library is the oldest such subscription library in the UK.

It was founded in 1768, following an advertisement placed in the Leeds Intelligencer earlier that year.

Headingley Community center and library

North Lane, Headingley, LS6 3HG

Hours of operation vary, with the library staying open late until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

View Beeston Community Hub hours of operation on GOV.UK website.

Beeston Community Center and Library

Beeston Community Center and Library, Town Street, Leeds, LS11 8PN

Hours of operation vary, with the library staying open late until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

View Beeston Community Hub hours of operation on GOV.UK website.

106 Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS7 4LZ

Hours of operation vary, with the library staying open late until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

See the Chapel Allerton Library opening hours on the GOV.UK website.

Pudsey Community Center and Library

Church Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 7TY

Hours of operation vary, with the library staying open late until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

See Pudsey Library opening hours on the GOV.UK website.

Brotherton (University of Leeds)

Woodhouse Ln, Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9JT

The Brotherton Library is a 1936 Grade II listed Beaux-Arts building located on the main campus of the University of Leeds.

Edward Boyle (University of Leeds)

University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

Edward Boyle is another library located on the main campus of the University of Leeds.

It is named after Edward Charles Gurney Boyle, Baron Boyle of Handsworth, who was a British Conservative Party politician and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds.

Laidlaw Library (University of Leeds)

University of Leeds LS2 9JT

Laidlaw Library is another library located on the main campus of the University of Leeds.

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