Academic support

Leeds has one of the UK's major academic research libraries, attracting students and academics from around the world.

We have four library sites on campus and another at St James's Hospital. These include the vibrant Laidlaw Library and the Brotherton Library, with its elegant reading room and Special Collections archives

Watch undergraduate research and leadership scholar Kelsie Root explain the benefits of being involved in research:

Our libraries provide expert learning guidance and tutor recommended resources to support our outstanding teaching. Students can access a wide variety of study environments including silent individual spaces, flexible group work zones, study rooms, social breakout areas. Extensive computer facilities and high-quality audio and video enable student collaboration and the co-creation of research. The Edward Boyle Library includes our postgraduate research hub which includes study areas, meeting rooms and research display space for staff and postgraduate researchers.

Library staff provide specialist support so students can find and apply information they need effectively, with  Skills@Library service providing academic skills teaching, embedded within courses and developed with academic colleagues.

We also support our students through co-curricular workshops, drop-in sessions, and web resources.

Our libraries include:

  • more than 2.8 million print items, 500,000 online books,
  • access to over 37,000 online journals and databases,
  • 200,000 rare books,
  • millions of manuscripts
  • a significant British art collection housed within the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery