Using the Library

Information for new students


Your conservatoire ID card acts as your Library card and provides you with access to many resources and services. Read here for information on borrowing You will receive a library password by email during your first week and you can use this to manage your online library account.

Opening Hours

The library is open during term time and vacation periods and most of our E-Resources are available 24/7 via our virtual learning environment (VLE) platform Space, which you can access on or off campus.

Term-Time Opening Vacation Opening
Monday - Friday 08:45 - 20:00
Saturday - 11:00 -15:00
Closed Sunday
Monday - Thursday - 08:45 - 17:00
Friday - 08:45 - 16:30
Sat & Sun - Closed


Study Zones

The Library has different study zones so you can choose to work individually or in small groups. Study Zones

Get started

The first few weeks of conservatoire life can be very busy with much information to take in, so we have put together pages of the website that should help you get off to a successful start in using the library resources and services:

Information about our resources and services are available in our Library Handbook and E-Resource Handbook. You can pick one up at our library counter or download one here.

Online Tutorials

The Library has a collection of tutorials to help you get started on using resources, facilities and services that the library provides. Tutorials range from how to use search the Library Catalogue, How to use a vinyl player, using online streaming databases or how to search the reference database Oxford Music Online.

Click here to view our tutorials

Library staff

Staff are also available at the library counter for your library enquiries, IT support or to help with finding information. You can email your enquiry to us and we will reply within 24 hours.

Induction for all

During freshers week, you will have the opportunity to attend a library induction where you will meet the library team and be introduced to the library resources and services available to you during your duration of course. If for any reason you miss this please email the library and we will arrange an induction session for you.

Library updates

To keep up to date with the library, you can follow us on Twitter here @leedmusiclib or follow the news section here on the website.

You and the Library

We are committed to providing excellent services, resources and facilities. Please visit our You and the Library section to find out what you can expect from us, what we expect from you and the various ways in which we would like you to get involved.


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Contact Us

Library Counter: 0113 222 3458
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More than just books!

Music Streaming Sites

The Library subscribe to many music streaming sites such as Naxos, Alexander Street Press and Desktop DJ where you can listen to 1000s of multi genre sound recordings, create your own play lists and listen on the go.

Electronic Text

The library subscribe to electronic text databases such as JSTOR, Rock's Backpages, EBSCO Journals, Myilibrary and Grove Music Online. The majority of databases have offsite access meaning you can read E-Books and Journal articles from the comfort of home.

Jazz Archive

The library is home to the Conservatoires's Jazz Archive, opened by Digby Fairweather in 1990, which holds original manuscripts, printed music and valuable collections of biographical files as well as a wide range of recordings.


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