Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

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The Brotherton Library

The Brotherton Library

The Brotherton Library contains the main collections for arts, social sciences and law.

The School of Sociology and Social Policy provides the following facilities to support the research of graduate students working towards the MPhil or PhD.

Social Sciences Research Hub

We offer research students the opportunity to share an office for the period of their full-time registration, with access to filing and telephone facilities. To support students around the clock PhD students benefit from 24 hour access. 


We provide research students with a dedicated cluster of high-spec PCs, operating within a networked Microsoft Windows environment. This provides you with access to software for both statistical analysis, such as SPSS for Windows, and qualitative analysis, such as Nvivo, as well as word processing, database and spreadsheet software, the networked library catalogues, email facilities and the Internet. Laser printing is available, and all graduate students have a generous photocopying allowance.


As part of the University of Leeds, research students have access to the Brotherton and Edward Boyle Libraries. The Brotherton Library contains the main arts and social sciences collections. These include a number of special collections, including the Feminist Archive North, and an extensive set of periodicals.

The Edward Boyle Library houses the University's principal science collection as well as an undergraduate library from which much-used student textbooks are available. Research students also have access to our medical library, a large resource for students with interest in that area.

We also have a dedicated team of social science librarians that can help you navigate your way around our resources, and we offer online access to a vast array of research journals and databases.

The School boasts a lively postgraduate community which includes a User Group that meets and provides representation to the School and Faculty levels.

There is also the newly built Laidlaw Library

Take a look at the construction process and the excellent end result:

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