Library transformation is underway

As the new Laidlaw Library opens its doors, the Edward Boyle Library closes for the summer on 5 June. Take a tour of the new Laidlaw Library.

Laidlaw Library interior


A programme of library transformation has achieved a significant milestone as the stunning new Laidlaw Library opens to staff and students on Wednesday 27 May.

The new Laidlaw Library is an inspirational study space, very light and airy, with modern furniture, comfortable seating areas, lots of technology, and superb views over the University and across Leeds.  There are bookable group study areas, quiet individual space on the upper floors, and a Skills zone for drop-ins and workshops by our award-winning Skills@Library service. See the Library website for more information about the Laidlaw Library.

University staff are invited to take a guided tour with Library staff on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 8 July at 2pm
  • Thursday 16 July at 11am
  • Friday 24 July at 4pm

To book on a tour, please email with the subject ‘Laidlaw staff tours’ giving your preferred date.

Staff are of course welcome to have a look around independently at any time (remember to bring your staff card to get through the gates).

The next transformation begins at the Edward Boyle Library which closes from Friday 5 June as part of a major refurbishment. The first stage is moving core teaching texts to the Laidlaw Library and moving the main science and engineering research collections to be held safely in store over the summer. Then building work will begin throughout the building until autumn 2015, when the library partially reopens. Research collection books will return to the building and 1,000 study spaces will be available, whilst work continues throughout the year.

If you know there are books currently in the Edward Boyle Library that you expect to need over the summer, you are very welcome to borrow them before 5 June.  The standard loan period for staff is 6 months for most items so if no-one else requests them, you can keep the books all summer.  If you want to take out more than the normal limit of 35 items, please speak to Library enquiry staff.

After 5 June, there will be a book retrieval service twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Use Search@Library or the classic Library Catalogue to find the book details and follow the link to make a request.  You may collect your requested items from the Laidlaw Library the next day.

The Library website has further information about where books will be over the summer and details of the Edward Boyle Library refurbishment.

Please contact the Library if you have any questions, by email or online.

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