New University of Leeds library is booking in

Simon Whitty in the new Laidlaw Library.
Simon Whitty in the new Laidlaw Library.
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Librarian Simon Whitty starts the mammoth task of moving 150,000 books onto five kilometres of shelves in the new Laidlaw Library at the University of Leeds.

Supported by gifts from more than 2,300 alumni and other donors, the new library provides a stunning learning space for undergraduates with airy spaces and views across the campus.

The building has been named in recognition of Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s gift of £9 million. He was a student at the University in the 1960s.

The 21st century library includes a roof garden with beehives and there is also a ‘donor wall’ paying tribute to everyone who helped fund the facility.