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About LiL

Libraries in Leeds (LiL) ┬áis a collaborative network incorporating the libraries and archives based in the city of Leeds who deliver a unique range of services in support of the city’s key priorities.

History of Libraries in Leeds

The LiL network, through its unique range of facilities, expertise and resources delivers exemplary information, cultural and digital for local communities, visitors to the city and researchers from all over the world.

Members in the network first met pre-pandemic and discovered that although they operated in different sectors across the city they had much in common. In October 2022 an inaugural meeting was held in Leeds Central Library to discuss the vision for this umbrella group of professionals whose expertise and knowledge serves many sectors across the city.

Governance of Libraries in Leeds

Currently the Libraries in Leeds network is led by a steering group comprising of the following people (representing several of the sub-categories). They are working together, in consultation with leaders from the other organisations to progress the development of this evolving network from its embryonic stage into something more formal:

  • Andrea Ellison, Chief Librarian at Leeds Libraries
  • Jen Kaines, Head of Collection Services at the Royal Armouries
  • Masud Khokhar, University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection at University of Leeds
  • Teresa Nixon, Heritage Manager at West Yorkshire Archive Service
  • Heather Steele, Library and Knowledge Services Manger at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

If you would like to contribute to the development of the Libraries in Leeds network please get in touch using our Contact page.