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The Leeds Library: 250th International Conference 20th-22nd September 2018

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The Leeds Library

18 Commercial Street

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To celebrate the long and illustrious history of the Leeds Library, the Library, together with the three universities in Leeds, is hosting an international conference on the History of Books, of Readers and of Reading from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 September 2018. Taking place at venues around the city centre, over 80 speakers from 13 countries will be presenting papers on a diverse range of subjects including: Libraries, the history of reading and readers, literary forms and genres, the future of the book and the library, the history of books and the material production and the culture of the book.

The confirmed keynote speakers are:

Professor Kate Flint (University of Southern California)

Professor Ian Gadd (Bath Spa University)

Professor N. Katherine Hayles (Duke University)

Please note: A buffet lunch will be provided on Thursday and Friday, if you have any dietry requirements please let us know.

Keep an eye out for updates on our website.


About the Leeds Library

The Leeds Library is the oldest surviving proprietary subscription library in the British Isles. It was founded in 1768 by 104 local inhabitants, the most famous of whom was Joseph Priestley, who became the first secretary of the Library. Since 1808 the Library has been located in Commercial Street in the very heart of the city centre, occupying a magnificent Grade II* building. The collections contain around 150,000 books and periodicals, including some of the original works purchased in 1768, and are particularly rich in travel, topography, biography, history and literature. There are popular novels, children’s books, Civil War pamphlets, Reformation tracts, and long runs of periodicals. About 1,500 new books and audio / visual items are added every year and a large proportion of the Library’s holdings are available for loan to its members, The collections attract researchers from far and wide. The Library became a charity in 2008 and will be celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2018.


Delegates who book onto the conference will be emailed an information pack with full details of the conference programme no later than 4 weeks prioir to the conference. Regular updates to delagates on the conference, venues and accomodation arrangements will be forwarded on a regular basis.


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