The conservatoire is moving its extensive archives to the Quarry Hill Skyline building and allowing non-students to browse items for the first time.
The collection includes 30,000 items of printed music, 11,000 CDs, 700 DVDs and 9,000 LPs.
The two-storey building will also house study spaces, offices, meeting rooms and IT facilities. The college wanted to expand access to its material as part of the project.
Principal Gerry Godley said:
“The conservatoire already boasts numerous industry-standard studios, Mac labs, practice rooms and performance spaces, and is continually investing in resources for students and visitor. As part of our aim to be a centre of creative discovery for Leeds, I’m delighted that we’ll also be able to share our extensive collections with music lovers throughout the city.”
The Quarry Hill campus is located in the Cultural Quarter of the city, close to the BBC, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Northern Ballet. The Skyline building opened in 2009, and the new library will occupy the ground floor, which has been vacant until now.
The facility is expected to open in June 2017.