Leeds Art Libraries in Cooperation (LALIC) provides a forum for art librarians and information professionals working in Leeds to discuss collection management issues and to promote their organisation's resources and programs.
LALIC also provides practical ways of exchanging information by informal meetings held two times a year and enabling site visits of its members with each other and other local libraries and repositories in the area. Members enjoy close professional contact and provide each other with an oasis of support.



Art Library

Leeds Central Library

Calverley Street


Tel: 0113 378 7017


Discover a world of art and creativity in our unique Art Library, the largest public art library in the North of England. 

Our collection encompasses all aspects of art, including architecture, sculpture, crafts, ceramics, drawing, painting, fashion and photography. The resources cover a wide range of artists and genres, from the popular to the obscure, the classic to the contemporary. We are open 7 days a week (check our website for exact times).


Special Collections feature a range of unique or rare art items. Among these is the Sanderson Collection, a set of fashion-related illustrations, photos, journals and ephemera dating from 1770-1950s. We also have some of the last remaining copies of the Leeds Pottery Drawing & Pattern Books, which were used as a product record in the Leeds Pottery factory during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. To view our Special Collections we require one form of identification and proof of address. Please contact us before any visit to discuss access arrangements 


We have over 25,000 art books and items to access. These include a wide range of new publications and classic art books. The collection also has a large collection of books for reference use, including high demand art books, price guides and encyclopaedias. The Art Library also stocks a variety of current journals, including Art Review, Architect’s Journal and Vogue. We keep back issues of many other journals, some dating back to the 19th century. 


Our free online resources include Oxford Art Online (a digital art encyclopaedia) and Art Full Text (an index and collection of electronic journal articles). Crafts and photography titles are available from our eMagazine service. More details can be found at:


Drawing Room is a new arts and crafts studio in the heart of the Art library. It promotes the arts by providing opportunities to explore, create, develop and learn. It’s a collaborative, informative space for sharing skills and inspiring creativity. Drawing Room hosts a varied programme of art activities, including craft workshops, drawing classes and unique artist-led sessions. Our latest monthly programme can be picked up from the Art Library counter, or found on the website. Outside of scheduled sessions the studio is available to use for creative practice - just sign in at the Art Library counter when you arrive. Free Wi-Fi, books and some resources are available to use. You can also buy art materials in our shop, or bring your own supplies. Times and availability of the studio vary daily, so please call to check. 


Sculpture Research Library

Henry Moore Institute 
The Headrow 
LS1 3AH 


Tel: 0113 246 9469 


The Henry Moore Institute, a centre for the study and enjoyment of sculpture, has a varied programme of exhibitions and events and provides an invaluable sculpture resource for researchers, students and artists. 

The Institute is part of The Henry Moore Foundation which was founded by the artist and his family in 1977 to encourage public appreciation of the visual arts. 

The Sculpture Research Library is open to anyone with an interest in sculpture. You can browse the library’s holdings of books, journals and ephemera in the beautifully designed reading rooms or listen to recordings of gallery events or talks – no appointment necessary. 

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Leeds Arts University Library

Blenheim Walk LS2 9AQ

Vernon Street LS2 8PH


Tel: 0113 202 8000

Our libraries provide exceptional print and online collections for the creative arts, and offer access to a comprehensive range of study resources. 

The Blenheim Walk library is open from 8.30am to 9pm weekdays and from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays. 

The Vernon Street library is open from 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday. 

They offer access to important study resources, including: 

  • Approximately 60,000+ books 

  • Specialist collections of artists’ and photographers’ books 

  • 170+ national and international magazine subscriptions 

  • 4,000+ DVDs 

  • Macs, printers and scanners 

  • Online subscriptions and e-books 


The Library co-curates Library Interventions: a series of exhibitions, events, and symposia based on a conviction that the Library is place of creativity. From the inspiration of the collection and its surrounds a varied body of work has been developed on a yearly basis since 2014. 


Sheila Silver Library

Leeds Beckett University 
Woodhouse Lane 
LS1 3ES 


Tel: 0113 812 1000 


The Sheila Silver Library contains resources to support our students studying in the Leeds School of Arts, which includes courses on fine art, graphic design, architecture, product design, interior architecture, landscape architecture, film, performing arts and fashion. 

Registered Guest Users and SCONUL Access Scheme members can use the Library between 08:30 and 19:00. Other visitors can use Sheila Silver Library at different times throughout the year. More information on access times is available on our website.


The majority of the art books are on the 2nd floor of the Library, but you can use the online catalogue if you are looking for a specific title, author or subject. We also have a large collection of art journals and magazines located on the 3rd floor which you can browse.




2019 has been a special year for both LALIC and ARLIS UK & Ireland with both celebrating milestone anniversaries. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, ARLIS UK & Ireland have kindly supported and funded the running of members’ events exploring themes and issues relating to art librarianship throughout the UK and Ireland. One such event, entitled ‘Connecting Collections: Art Libraries in Collaboration’, was held by LALIC to mark its 25th anniversary in Leeds Central Library’s new multi-use arts space Room 700 on Tuesday, 5th November. 

This event aimed to share LALIC’s long tradition of mutual support among its members over twenty-five years, to enable the exchange of experience and ideas in relation to collaborative practice in art libraries, and to foster new relationships with practitioners from art libraries in the Yorkshire region.

Andrea Ellison, Chief Librarian of Leeds Public Libraries, opened the event with an overview of the vibrant and diverse arts and cultural scene in which LALIC is situated in Leeds.

Karen Fisher (Leeds Beckett University) and Bronwyn Brady (Leeds Central Library) then uncovered the history of LALIC over the last quarter of a century, drawing on its archive of internal documents and images of member libraries, before outlining future projects for the group.

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Guest speaker from the British Library Ella Snell provided a fascinating account of the aims and objectives of the Living Knowledge Network project. Ella spoke about the twenty-two public libraries involved in the programme, with examples of touring exhibitions and live-streamed events by the British Library around the country, including projects in Leeds Central Library.

The second guest speaker Dr Althea Greenan gave an inspirational talk about the Women’s Art Library and its history. Althea spoke about working closely with artists and students on projects developed from the collection, including the ‘Once More with Feeling’ events at the Tate in 2009, when younger artists re-enacted feminist performances from the 1970s.

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The event closed with an opportunity for participants to explore some of the Leeds Central Library and Henry Moore Institute Library’s art collections and to try a creative activity using the printing equipment in the Leeds Central Library’s Drawing Room.

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On Tuesday 17th April 2018, LALIC presented Showcasing Leeds Arts Libraries: Stories from the Collection at the Tetley in Leeds. This event showcased books and objects from the collections of the Henry Moore Institute, the Leeds Central Art Library, and Leeds Beckett University Library that tell stories and provide insights into their collections. The presentation was followed by a brief panel discussion and Q&A and an opportunity for attendees to view the objects. The event ended with a tour of the exhibition The House that Heals the Soul led by curator and artist Nick Thurston. 

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