Accessing the Music Library
The Union Music Library is based in the Leeds University Union building on the University of Leeds campus, and everyone is welcome – you don’t have to be a student to come and visit us!
The music library is open from 12pm until 4pm on weekdays during term-time. It is closed during academic holidays as it is largely ran by student volunteers.
To get to the music library, enter the LUU building through the main entrance, head up the main set of stairs to the first floor. Go left towards the Riley Smith balcony and then left again, through an inconspicuous door in the corner (there should be a sign for the UML here!). Head up the staircase to the very top, proceed through the door and immediately turn right – you should see the door to the music library tucked away on the right, surrounded by various music posters and signs. It’s worth the adventure, promise!
Unfortunately, the library is not wheelchair accessible; if this prevents you from borrowing music from the library, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange an alternative solution.
About Leeds Union Music Library
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. Whether it’s that new Nicki Minaj, that old Tom Waits, or that really obscure Yorkshire experimental artist, we’ve got you covered. 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, DJing socials, and people often pair up to go to gigs together in our Facebook group! We try to keep things free as much as we can. We’ve also previously had regular radio shows on Leeds Student Radio where members have joined us as guests in the studio, and we’ve created some zines together too. To stay in the loop of what’s going on, you’ll want to subscribe to our regular 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 world dominance 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 2016/2017 committee is as follows:
President: Annabel Amin
Treasurer: Theo Gowans
Secretary: Ivan Yahuno
Vice President: Daoud al-Janabi
Events Coordinator: Sam Taylor