The Library and Archive Collection


Hon. Librarians: John Townsend and Eveleigh Bradford

Important: Temporary Library Closure. The Thoresby Society library and archive, previously at ‘Claremont’, Clarendon Road, Leeds, is currently closed following its transfer to its new home in the Leeds Library in Commercial Street, Leeds. It is hoped to reopen the library and archive in its new location by Spring 2016: please check the website here for further information.

The Society possesses a unique collection of materials concerned with the history of Leeds, built up over the 100 and more years of its existence. The collection includes books and pamphlets, newspapers, maps and plans, pictures and photographs, manuscripts and original documents. This collection will now be drawn together with the Leeds Library’s own books, maps and other materials on the history of Leeds to create an extensive historical resource, which will be open to the Society’s members and to the public for research purposes.

During the current closure the collection will be completely re-catalogued, with the intention that the new catalogue will ultimately be available online. This process will be carried out in stages, beginning with the books and the manuscript collection. It is hoped to complete that stage by Spring 2016, and access to the books, pamphlets and archives in the extended ‘Leeds Collection’ will then be possible. Further information on access arrangements, facilities and opening hours will be provided here at that point.

While the library is closed, we regret that it will not be possible to deal with any enquiries relating to material in the Society’s collection or general enquiries on Leeds historical topics.

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