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.
In February 2018, the music library moved to a fully accessible space! The UML is now located on Level 2 of the Union, next to the RAG office. To get to the library, enter the LUU building through the entrance next to the Refectory and take the lift to the second floor. Head along the corridor, turn left and continue past meeting room 3 and the RAG office, then you’ll find the UML on your right. Come in!
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 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 2018/19 committee are as follows:
President – Christian Eaves
Secretary – Safi Bugel
Treasurer – Jim Clemoes
Vice-President – Amelia Cripps
Events Coordinator – Caela Johnson
The 2017/18 committee were as follows:
President – Shauna Stapleton
Treasurer – Wilf Amis
Secretary – Kayleigh Hinsley
Vice President – Christian Eaves
Events Coordinator – Max Rosehill