Leeds UML is a society, community and actual music library!

We’re primarily a library, a student-run space where anyone, student or otherwise, can come and see our 6000-strong music collection. Members are able to borrow music on loan, and we have some zines and magazines available to read in the space as well as the many vinyl records, CDs and cassettes available to borrow. We’re constantly updating our collection, largely based on our members’ requests, holding regular polls to help us decide. For more about our catalogue, see here.

As a society and community, we get together to put on various events throughout the year. These have included gigs and parties we’ve put on (such as our regular Strange Parade showcase), film screenings, record fair visits, music-related discussion circles, pub quizzes, casual meet-ups, mixtape exchanges and DJing socials. We try to keep things free as much as we can. To stay in the loop of what’s going on, you’ll want to subscribe to our newsletter and check out our events page too.

Leeds Union Music Library is ran by its dedicated committee and passionate volunteers, and dates back to at least 1962. The society’s name has changed a few times since then (we were once the Gramophone Society!), as has the musical landscape. We’ve thrived thanks to the enthusiasm of our community, and if you’d like to join us in our quest for really great musical experiences, consider coming to our events, joining our society and perhaps volunteering to help run the library. Find out how to get involved here!

The 2020/21 committee are as follows:

President – Thomas Carroll

Secretary – Matt Purbrick

Treasurer – Emily Stainer

Vice-President – Jessa Kidner

Events Coordinator – Natasha Cowie