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[1]Art Gallery, News Room (City Centre)
Art Gallery, News Roomc1970s. View of the News Room in the Art Gallery. This area, which also housed the Commercial and Technical Library between 1918 and 1955, later became part of the Sculpture Study Centre.
[2]Art Gallery, refurbishment (City Centre)
Art Gallery, refurbishment19th April 2007. View of Leeds City Art Gallery taken during a £1.5 million refurbishment programme in early 2007. The archway on the left, just opened up, leads to adjoining Central Library through the newly restored Victorian Tiled Hall in the room that once house the Commercial and Technical Library. This is the first time since the 1950s that access to the Central Library has been possible from the building that was built as an extension to the Municipal Buildings in 1888.
[3]Art Gallery, Tiled Hall, Sculpture Gallery (City Centre)
Art Gallery, Tiled Hall, Sculpture Gallery1891. View of the Tiled Hall in the Municipal Buildings at the time that it was a Sculpture Gallery for the Art Gallery. Originally the Reading Room of the Central Library when it opened in 1884, it became part of the Art Gallery on its opening in 1888. In 1955 it reverted back to library use becoming the Commercial and Technical Library. Following restoration work it reopened in 2007 as a cafe serving both the Central Library and the Art Gallery.
[4]Central Library, Central Lending (City Centre)
Central Library, Central LendingC1993-1994. Looking along the length of the Central Lending Library, situated on the ground floor of the Central Library, towards the counter area and the entrance to the Commercial and Technical Library. Fiction shelves can be seen on the left and non-fiction on the right.
[5]Central Library, Central Lending (City Centre)
Central Library, Central LendingC1993-1994. View of the Central Lending department of the Central Library, at the time when the counter was situated in the corner next to the Commercial and Technical Library, which is accessible through the door on the left. A display of new books is seen infront of this. A lone computer on the counter heralds the start of the era of information technology.
[6]Central Library, Central Lending (City Centre)
Central Library, Central LendingC1993/1994. View showing a corner of the Central Lending department on the ground floor of the Central Library. The library had recently been re-organised with a new counter area seen here on the right. On the left are fiction shelves including a display of new books. The entrance to the Commercial and Technical Library is in the background.
[7]Central Library, Commercial and Technical (City Centre)
Central Library, Commercial and Technical1956, Commercial and Technical library, part of Central Library services. It was decided as early as 1917 that a specialised subject library for scientific and technical resources was a necessary addition to the library service. It was implemented in 1918, the new department being housed in part of the newsroom. This was to become a Core service, seen here is the counter area.
[8]Central Library, Commercial and Technical (City Centre)
Central Library, Commercial and Technical1956, Counter and study area in the Commercial and Technical Library. Now with on line services and information, called Information for Business.
[9]Central Library, Commercial and Technical (City Centre)
Central Library, Commercial and Technical1961, Reading room in the Commercial and Technical Library, all available seats are taken.
[10]Central Library, Commercial and Technical Library (City Centre)
Central Library, Commercial and Technical Library1956, Part of Central Library services, the Commercial and Technical Library. Dedicated to providing comprehensive information on all subjects allied to science and business.
[11]Central Library, engraving of the Reading Room (City Centre)
Central Library, engraving of the Reading Room1884. An engraving of the Reading Room in the Municipal Buildings designed by George Corson. It was later to become the statue hall of the Art Gallery and in 1955 the new Commercial and Technical Library.
[12]Central Library, former Music Library (City Centre)
Central Library, former Music LibraryJanuary 2000. View of the former Music Library which had occupied the Tiled Hall area on the ground floor of the Central Library. This room, which had previously housed the Commercial and Technical Library, is shown with empty shelves during the time that Municipal Buildings closed for 10 months for essential works. As well as improving the fire safety standards of the building, work was carried out here to remove the shelving and the mezzanine floor above, revealing the elaborate tiling and architecture which can be seen in the Tiled Hall cafe, which opened in June 2007.
[13]Central Library, former Music Library (City Centre)
Central Library, former Music LibraryJanuary 2000. View showing some of the empty shelves in the former Music Library on the ground floor of the Central Library, prior to the being taken down during the time that the Municipal Buildings were closed for 10 months at the turn of the Millennium. This room had originally been the Reading Room of the Municipal Buildings, later a sculpture gallery and then the Commercial and Technical Library before becoming the Music Library. The removal of the shelves and the mezzanine floor above revealed previously hidden tiling and architecture which can now be seen restored to it's former glory in the Tiled Hall Cafe and Shop.
[14]Central Library, former Music Library (City Centre)
Central Library, former Music LibraryJanuary 2000. View showing some of the empty shelves in the former Music Library, once the Commercial and Technical Library, on the ground floor of the Central Library in the Municipal Buildings. Taken during the time the Library was closed for 10 months at the turn of the Millennium, these shelves were soon to be stripped down along with the mezzanine floor above, revealing previously hidden tiling and architecture which can now be seen restored to it's former glory in the Tiled Hall Cafe and Shop.
[15]Central Library, ground floor (City Centre)
Central Library, ground floorC1993/1994. View of the foyer on the ground floor of the Central Library, showing a glass topped display case in the centre. The entrance to the Central Lending Department is on the left and the door on the right leads through to the reception area. In the background behind the staircase is the Commercial and Technical Library.
[16]Central Library, ground floor (City Centre) (1 comment)
Central Library, ground floorC1993-1994. View of the foyer on the ground floor of the Central Library, showing the Commercial and Technical Library through the doors on the left. These doors were not in use at the time, having notices saying 'Access through Lending Library' on them. Beyond the opening on the right is a door leading to the Library reception area.
[17]Central Library, ground floor (City Centre)
Central Library, ground floorC1993-1994. View showing the foyer on the ground floor of the Central Library. The doors to the Commercial and Technical Library in the centre are locked, with access to this department being through the Central Lending Library. The lift on the left is out of order. Through the opening on the right is a door leading to the Library Reception.
[18]Central Library, interior view of the Commercial and Technical Library (City Centre)
Central Library, interior view of the Commercial and Technical Library1964. Interior view of the Commercial and Technical Library within the Municipal Buildings in Calverley Street and photographed in 1964. The former Victorian statue gallery was 'modernised' in 1955 to open in the April of that year as the new Library of Commerce, Science and Technology. The gallery has since been returned to its nineteenth century splendour, reopening as the 'Tiled Hall' in the June of 2007. The renovation has included the reveal of the hidden colourful tiles and the restoration of the beautiful parquet floor. It now houses a busy cafeteria.
[19]Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology (City Centre)
Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and TechnologyUndated. View of the Library of Commerce, Science and Technology when it was housed in what had formerly been the News Room in the Art Gallery. The former Newsroom had been divided in 1918 to create the Library of Commerce Science and Technology. The Headrow is visible through the window on the left, with Dunlop and Ranken Ltd, iron and steel stockholders, seen at no.147.
[20]Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology (City Centre)
Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and TechnologyUndated. View of the Library of Commerce, Science and Technology in the Central Library, also known as the Commerce and Technical Library. A separate department for scientific and technical resources has been in operation in the Central Library since 1918. At the time of this photo, probably around the late 1970s or early 1980s, the department covered business information such as directories seen here, as well as the lending allocation of books on scientific and technical subjects.
[21]Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology (City Centre)
Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and TechnologyC 1987-88 View of the Library of Commerce, Science and Technology when situated on the ground floor of Leeds Central Library. Known popularly as the Commercial and Technical Library, it housed all the information for business as well as the library's stock of books and journals on science and technology. A man and woman can be seen consulting company information on shelves to the left, while on the right a man is making a request at the counter.
[22]Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology (City Centre)
Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology1993 View of the Commercial & Technical Library when on the ground floor of the Central Library. Though computers had not yet come to dominate the information world, the start of the technological era can be seen in notices which say 'On-line Information Retrieval' and 'Marquesa Trade Mark CD-Rom'. A public fax service and photocopying are also available.
[23]Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology (City Centre)
Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology1993. View of the Library of Commerce, Science and Technology, or Commercial and Technical Library, when situated on the ground floor of the Central Library in the Tiled Hall. Later in the 1990s this area became the Music Library, but it was vacant for some time before opening as a shop and cafe in June 2007, with many of the original architectural features of the room restored.
[24]Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology (City Centre)
Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology1993. View showing the Commercial and Technical Library when it was situated on the ground floor of the Leeds Central Library. The view looks towards the counter with company directories on shelves on the right. This area is now the new Tiled Hall shop and cafe, opened in June 2007.
[25]Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology (City Centre)
Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology1993. View showing the counter area of the Commercial and Technical Library, when it was situated in the Tiled Hall on the ground floor of Leeds Central Library. This room has now become a shop and cafe which opened in June 2007.
[26]Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology (City Centre)
Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology1993. View of the Commercial and Technical Library when situated in the Tiled Hall on the ground floor of the Central Library. On the left are company directories and on the right the index of the McCarthy Information Service. In the alcove behind is part of the sequence of scientific and technical books arranged in Dewey Decimal Classification order. This room is now a new cafe and shop opened in June 2007.
[27]Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology (City Centre) (1 comment)
Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology1993. View showing an alcove in the Commercial and Technical Library on the ground floor of Leeds Central Library. A microfiche reader can be seen on a table on the left, and a ladder up against the shelves on the right, with drawers holding the McCarthy Information Service in the foreground. This area has now been developed into the Tiled Hall Cafe and shop with many of the original architectural features restored.
[28]Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology (City Centre)
Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and TechnologyUndated. View of the Library of Commerce, Science and Technology in the Central Library, also known as the Commercial and Technical Library. It is very busy with all the seats at tables occupied. The library was situated on the ground floor in the Tiled Hall, now redeveloped and restored to uncover old architectural features that are hidden here. The business section is now on the second floor of the library while the lending collection of books on scientific subjects is now part of the Central Lending Library. Taken around the late 1970s or early 1980s.
[29]Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology (City Centre)
Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and TechnologyUndated. View shows the Commercial and Technical Library when situated in the Tiled Hall on the ground floor of the Central Library. It was possibly taken around the time of the opening of the department in this location in 1955, before the central floor space was occupied by study tables. A new low ceiling had recently been fitted, which along with the bookshelves and panelling around the sides for many years covered from view the magnificent tiling in his room. In 2007 it was restored to its former glory and the Tiled Hall reopened as a cafe.
[30]Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology, Open For Learning (City Centre)
Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology, Open For Learning13th April 1994. View showing some of the materials available in the 'Open For Learning' section in the Commercial and Technical Library of Leeds Central Library, seen at the launch of the service in April 1994. The service provided materials in different formats for work related learning, on topics such as GCSE examination work, writing for money, computers, and C.V. designing as well as a 'Training Access Points' computer providing information on training courses available in Leeds.
[31]Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology, Open For Learning (City Centre)
Central Library, Library of Commerce, Science and Technology, Open For Learning13th April 1994. View of the Open For Learning Centre in an alcove of the Commercial and Technical Library on the ground floor of Leeds Central, seen at the time of the launch of this service in April 1994. The service provided materials in different formats, including computer disks and videos, for work related learning. Topics included GCSE examination woork, creative writing, computing and C.V. preparation. A 'Training Access Points' computer was also available with information on training courses.
[32]Central Library, movement of books to new Library of Commerce, Science and Technology. (City Centre)
Central Library, movement of books to new Library of Commerce, Science and Technology.1955. The new Library of Commerce, Science and Technology opened in the Tiled Hall of the Central Library in 1955, the room which had previously been used as a reading room then a sculpture gallery. The Commercial and Technical Library moved from cramped conditions in the Art Gallery to this much larger space with a new gallery created above to provide more room. During the process of the move 20,000 books had to be carried up from the basement to the gallery; here, books are being loaded up to be carried from the basement. The new bookshelves and gallery for so long covered up the magnificence of the walls and ceiling of the Tiled Hall, which in 2007 were finally restored and opened to the public again.
[33]Central Library, Movement of books to new Library of Commerce, Science and Technology. (City Centre)
Central Library, Movement of books to new Library of Commerce, Science and Technology.1955. In 1955 the Library of Commerce, Science and Technology moved from the Art Gallery to more spacious premises in the Tiled Hall of the Central Library, in which a new gallery had been erected providing further storage space and work space. 20,000 books were transported from the basement of the building; part of this process involved the books being pulled up by a crane to the gallery. Here we can see a man unloading the books at the top.
[34]Central Library, Movement of books to new Library of Commerce, Science and Technology. (City Centre)
Central Library, Movement of books to new Library of Commerce, Science and Technology.1955. In 1955 the Library of Commerce, Science and Technology moved from cramped conditions in the Art Gallery to a much larger space in the Tiled Hall of the Central Library. 20,000 books had to be transported from the basement of the building to a new gallery erected in the Tiled Hall. A manually operated crane was used to lift books up to the gallery; here an empty box is being lowered back down after delivering it's load. Part of the ceiling of the Tiled Hall is seen above, which was fully restored and opened to the public again in June 2007.
[35]Central Library, Movement of books to new Library of Commerce, Science and Technology. (City Centre)
Central Library, Movement of books to new Library of Commerce, Science and Technology.1955. In 1955 the Library of Commerce, Science and Technical moved from cramped conditions in the Art Gallery to more spacious premises in the Tiled Hall of the Central Library, in which a new gallery had been erected providing further storage and work space. 20,000 books were transported from the basement to this gallery; here we see two library workers stacking up the books on their arrival. Behind, part of the elaborate tiling on the walls is visible; this was hidden from view for so long until the gallery was pulled down during the Library's closure in 1999-2000. Finally restored, the Tiled Hall re-opened to the public in June 2007.
[36]Central Library, Music Library (City Centre)
Central Library, Music Libraryc1993/1994. View showing the counter of the Music and audio Library when situated in a corner of the Central Lending Department on the ground floor of the Central Library. The mezzanine gallery which was used for music scores was removed as part of a later refurbishment of the Central Library. The Music Library was later to move to a larger space in the Tiled Hall previously occupied by the Commercial and Technical Library, until transferring to the first floor of the building in 2000, taking over space vacated by the City Museum.
[37]Central Library, Tiled Hall (City Centre)
Central Library, Tiled Hall19th April 2007. View showing the elaborately tiled ceiling of the Victorian Tiled Hall in the Central Library, taken shortly before the hall was opened up again as a cafe and shop area for the Library and adjoining Art gallery. The ceiling, for so long hidden from view by a mezzanine floor level while the room was occupied by the Commercial and Technical Library, has been restored to its original glory.
[38]Central Library, Tiled Hall (City Centre)
Central Library, Tiled Hall2007. View of the new restored Victorian Tiled Hall in the Central Library, prior to it's reopening in June 2007 as a new cafe and shop for the Library and Art Gallery next door. The magnificent Hall had been covered up for so long by shelves and mezzanine floor level as the room was occupied by the Commercial and Technical Library and then the Music Library.
[39]Central Library, Tiled Hall (City Centre)
Central Library, Tiled Hall2007. View of the fully restored Victorian Tiled Hall in the Central Library, prior to its reopening in June 2007 as a cafe and shop area. This magnificent hall had been covered up for so long, by sheleves and a mezzanine floor level, while it was the home of the Commercial and Technical Library and later the Music Library. Work is still going on at the end of the room, with a ladder propped up against the newly opened up archway that links the Library with the Art Gallery.
[40]Central Library, Tiled Hall (City Centre)
Central Library, Tiled Hall2007. View showing the fully restored Victorian Tiled Hall in the Central Library with finishing touches just to be done before the room is furnished and ready for its reopening in June 2007 as a shop and cafe for the Library and Art Gallery, the latter being linked to the Municipal Buildings through the newly opened up archway on the left. The splendour of the Hall had been hidden from the public for so long by shelves and a mezzanine floor level while the room had been occupied by the Commercial and Technical Library and later the Music Library.
[41]Central Library, Tiled Hall Cafe (City Centre)
Central Library, Tiled Hall Cafe29th June 2007 View of the Tiled Hall in the Central Library, opened as a cafe in June 2007, showing the entrance to the Art Gallery on the left. When the Municipal Buildings were opened on 17th April 1884 by the Mayor of Leeds, Alderman Edwin Woodhouse, this was the Reading Room and was used for the opening ceremony. After the adjoining Art Gallery opened on 3rd October 1888 the Tiled Hall was converted into a sculpture gallery. It remained so until 1955 when the Commercial and Technical Library moved into this space and the ceiling and walls of the Hall became hidden for many years behind a false ceiling, bookcases and panelling. The Music Library then occupied this room between 1998 and 1999. After the library re-opened in 2000 following rewiring and refurbishment, the Hall was closed to the public until the recent restoration which brought its original magnificence back into view.
[42]Central Library, Tiled Hall Cafe (City Centre)
Central Library, Tiled Hall Cafe29th June 2007. View of the new Tiled Hall Cafe in the Central Library building, opened in June 2007, also accessible through the Art Gallery. The room has been restored to its former glory as a Victorian Tiled Hall, following many years when the decorative features of the hall were covered up while the room was being used as the Commercial and Technical Library.
[43]Central Library, Tiled Hall, carving (City Centre)
Central Library, Tiled Hall, carvingUndated. View of a stone carvings of noted literary figures that can now be viewed in the Tiled Hall cafe and shop between the Central Library and the Art Gallery. These figures and the elaborate tilework around were for a long time hidden from the public, covered up by a mezzanine floor level above what was once the Commercial and Technical Library and later the Music Library.
[44]Central Library, Tiled Hall, during restoration (City Centre)
Central Library, Tiled Hall, during restorationFebruary 2000 View showing the Tiled Hall on the ground floor of the Central Library, during restoration work which took place while the Municipal Buildings were closed in 2000. The low ceiling has been removed and the gallery around the outside is in the process of being taken down, revealing the elaborate tiling that had been hidden for so long. This room, once the Commercial and Technical Library and later the Music Library, re-opened in June 2007 as the Tiled Hall cafe and shop.
[45]Central Library, Tiled Hall, during restoration (City Centre)
Central Library, Tiled Hall, during restorationFebruary 2000 View of the Tiled Hall on the ground floor of the Central Library, during restoration work to remove the gallery and low ceiling which had hidden the original tilework from view while the room had been used as the Commercial and Technical Library and later the Music Library. Now restored to its former glory, the Tiled Hall re-opened in June 2007 as a cafe and shop.
[46]Central Library, Tiled Hall, Restoration (City Centre)
Central Library, Tiled Hall, Restoration19th April 2007. View showing the Tiled Hall in the Central Library, during work in progress to restore this magnificent hall to its original Victorian splendour. Formerly occupied by the Commercial and Technical Library and later the Music Library but closed since 1999, the fully restored hall was finally opened to the public again in June 2007 as a cafe and shop linking the Library with the adjoining Art Gallery.
[47]Central Library, Tiled Hall, Restoration (City Centre)
Central Library, Tiled Hall, Restoration19th April 2007. View showing work in progress on the restoration of the Victorian Tiled Hall in the Central Library to its former glory. Once the home of the Commercial and Technical Library and then the Music Library, this room was closed to the public for several years before finally reopening, fully restored, in June 2007 as a shop and cafe linking the Library to the Art gallery, which is now accessible through the archway at the back.
[48]Central Library, Tiled Hall, restoration (City Centre) (1 comment)
Central Library, Tiled Hall, restoration2006. View of the Tiled Hall on the ground floor of the Central Library during work in progress to restore this magnificent Victorian Hall to its former glory. The room which had previously been occupied by the Commercial and Technical Library and later the Music Library was reopened in June 2007 as a cafe and shop connecting the Library with the adjoining Art Gallery.
[49]Central Library, Tiled Hall. carving (City Centre)
Central Library, Tiled Hall. carvingUndated. View of a stone carving of Dante, one of a series of carvings of noted literary figures that can now be viewed in the Tiled Hall cafe and shop area linking the Central Library and the Art Gallery. These carvings and the elaborate tilework around were for so long hidden from the public on a mezzanine floor level above the room which was once the Commercial and Technical Library and later the Music Library.
[50]Commercial and Technical Library, east view (City Centre)
Commercial and Technical Library, east viewUndated. View of the Commercial and Technical Library, east view before it was extended. This library was established in 1918 and was located in the Municipal Buildings in Calverley Street. Chair and tables are provided for library users to study and carry out research.