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Laidlaw Library opens

 May 27, 2015 | Simon Jenkins

The Laidlaw Library opened its doors for the first time today (Wednesday May 27) allowing staff and students to see at first hand this remarkable new facility.

Equipped to the very highest standards, the new library meets an urgent need for our undergraduates, equipping the modern-day student with facilities entirely tuned in to their needs and the way they learn.

Forming a stunning new entrance to the University on a streetscape virtually unchanged in 50 years, the library is named after Irvine Laidlaw, who studied economics at Leeds in the early 1960s, and whose £9m gift – the biggest ever received by the University – has made the development possible.

Further gifts from more than 2,300 alumni and other supporters, including the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Wolfson Foundation, have totalled over £750,000. The names of all the donors, whose contributions have helped to fund this stunning new facility, can be found on the donor wall close to the library’s Hillary Place entrance. An online version allows donors to find their own names on the wall!

The mammoth task of moving the books in to fill its six kilometres of shelving will start soon, with an official opening event planned for early July.


Laidlaw Library opens