May 17, 2022

The British Library Begins Plan to Open Branch in Leeds (British Library North)

From The Guardian:

The British Library has embarked upon “ambitious” plans to open a branch in Leeds as part of a drive to expand the organisation’s activities in the north of England.

Board meeting minutes obtained by the Guardian reveal the library has been in discussions with Leeds city council about potential locations for a facility referred to as British Library North.


The proposals are being considered in parallel with a planned upgrade and expansion of the British Library’s reading rooms at Boston Spa in Leeds. In May last year the board agreed to use £250,000 from the library’s reserves to fund work on the Boston Spa Renewed project.

In November, the board agreed five strategic priorities up to 2023, which include “securing capital investment in Boston Spa Renewed and working with Leeds city council and other partners to develop plans and deliver the initial components of British Library North”.

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See Also: British Library Proposes Leeds as Location for New ‘British Library North’ (via Leeds Live)

See Also: British Library Plans New Base in Leeds (via BBC)

See Also: The British Library Officially Opens New National Newspaper Building (33km of Newspapers, Low Oxygen Storage) in Boston Spa (January 25, 2015)

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