Temporary closures on the second floor

Starting on Monday 18th July,  areas of the second floor of the Sheila Silver Library will be unavailable.  This is to allow sections of the floor to be lifted whilst new cabling is installed in the ceilings on the first floor.

The main book room will be partially closed for approximately four weeks. This may cause some issues in accessing some of the study areas and some of the book stock.

If you require access to book stock that is temporarily unavailable, please speak to Library staff who will be able to collect the item for you.

Leeds Beckett students and staff are also able to place a hold on book stock on this floor.  Please ask Library staff for help if you’ve not done this before or take a look at our web page and video.

The Print hub on the second floor will also be closed from Monday 8th August.  Alternative printing and binding facilities can be found in the following locations:

  • Black & White, Colour printers and Binding facilities – Third Floor Print area
  • Black & White, Colour printers – High Demand Area, Ground floor

The rest of the floor will remain open as usual.

We will try to keep disruption to a minimum whilst all this work takes place and we are very sorry for any inconvenience it causes.

We’ll keep you up to date here with all the developments but you can also follow #librefurb at @BeckettLibrary or take a look at our FAQs on our website.


Update on the First Floor

Work is now well underway in the refurbishment of the first floor of Sheila Silver first floor 2Library.

All the old fixtures and fittings have been removed, the internal walls have been pulled down and the main demolition works have been completed.

Over the next few weeks the new partitions and walls will be erected ready for the first part of the electrics and other services to be installed.

1st floor 1

For more information about what is planned for the first floor have a look at our transforming your library page on our website, which also includes a set of FAQs.

We’ll keep you up to date here with all the developments but you can also follow #librefurb at @BeckettLibrary. 


Alumni tab on MyBeckett

Blue Alumni tabKeep a look out for the blue Alumni tab in MyBeckett, which will appear within five days of your award being confirmed.

This will help you make the transition from student to alumnus, linking you to everything you need to know and do before you leave us, and before your accounts expire.

You can prepare for graduation, download your data and documents, convert your student accounts into alumni ones, and make use of the continuous support we provide after you have left Leeds Beckett University. You can also find out about postgraduate study with us if you don’t want to leave!

Remembering the Somme

You may have seen the exhibition of photographs and objects from our University’s Archive and Special Collections on display on the ground and first floors of Headingley Library commemorating the centenary of the First World War. These have been selected to call attention to the relationship of this very particular space and the historical events of 100 years ago and on the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme our Archivist, Keith Rowntree writes of two former students who lost their lives:

We were two years in the making and ten minutes in the destroying’.[1]

The Somme Offensive began on 1 July 1916 perhaps one of the bloodiest battles in history. Many perished within the first few agonising minutes shortly after emerging from the relative safety of their trenches. At 07.30, that morning, heavy machine gun fire met the Leeds Pals as they took part in the offensive moving towards the village of Serre.  As a result 15 Officers and 255 other ranks died, with many others wounded and maimed. Among those killed were Sergeant Robert Bland and Acting Sergeant Matthew Mossop. They had been students at the City of Leeds Training College around 1912-14 and keen sportsmen who played for the college rugby team. Both had enlisted in the 15th Battalion (1st Leeds), The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) in Leeds probably around late 1914, early 1915.

Robert Bland (15/1045) was born 1892, in Torpenhow near Aspatria, to Wilfred Bland, a Coal Miner, and his wife Annie Peat. In 1911, Robert and his family lived at Brayton Road in Aspatria. His older sister Mary Jane was also a teacher. Although his body was not recovered, Robert Bland is commemorated on the Thiepval Monument and on the City of Leeds Training College War Memorial.


Matthew Hudson Mossop (15/1027) was born 1890, in Seascale, to Isaac Mossop, a Joiner, and his wife Ann Hudson who died the year after her son was born. Matthew Mossop was a schoolteacher in Cleethorpes before he attended the City of Leeds Training College. At his death, he was an Acting Sergeant, and posthumously awarded the Military Medal. Mossop’s gravestone bears the legend, ‘One of the Original Leeds Pals’ at the Serre Road Cemetery No. 1, Pas de Calais.


Further information about the Archive and Special Collections can be found on the website, including articles and digital images.

[1] Private A.V. Pearson, talking about Leeds Pals at Serre in Martin Middlebrook, The First Day On the Somme, Penguin Books, 1984, p 270.