Leeds Archive Service Opening Times and Information

Contact Us

WYAS, Leeds

West Yorkshire Joint Services

Nepshaw Lane South



LS27 7JQ

Telephone:  +44 (0)113 535 0155

Email: leeds@wyjs.org.uk

Opening hours

Tuesday 9:30am-4:00pm

Wednesday 9:30am-4:00pm

Thursday 9:30am-4:00pm

Temporarily closed on Fridays.

Document retrievals: Documents must be pre-ordered in advance of your visit.  If you are not sure of the individual document references please do ask - staff will usually be able to send you more detailed catalogues of the collections you are interested in.  You will be asked to return your documents to a staff member by 3:45:pm ready for the building closing at 4:00pm.

Reader Registration

We are members of the County Archive Research Network (CARN) readers’ ticket scheme. Please bring your CARN readers’ ticket with you when you visit. If you do not have a ticket please bring official proof of ID which includes your name, address and signature.

A decision has been taken to close the CARN reader ticket system on 30th November 2018. As a member of the scheme WYAS will continue to issue and recognise CARN Reader Tickets up until that date. We will also continue to recognise CARN tickets issued under the current system until they expire. We are currently undertaking a review to consider the way in which we will manage the process of Reader Registration in the future, when a national scheme is no longer available.


Please contact us by telephone 0113 535 0155 or by email leeds@wyjs.org.uk prior to planning your visit. Staff will advise you on whether to reserve a table, a computer or a microfiche reader, depending on which records you wish to consult. A small proportion of our collections are held off-site and can take up to 5 working days to be made available to researchers.

Please note that if you would like to view original archive material an appointment is necessary. 

Group Talks and Workshops

A range of talks are available to groups and organisations who would like to find out more about our Archive Service. In our talks we aim to explain the work we do and help to raise public awareness of our collections and expertise. We offer many different talks, details of which and how to book can be found here.


A rest area is available for the consumption of your own refreshments 

Public lockers are provided 

Toilets are located off the searchroom 

How to find us  


We are located within the West Yorkshire Joint Services offices on the A650 Bradford-Wakefield road between the Toby Carvery (formerly the Angel public house) situated at the Bruntcliffe traffic lights and the M62 Junction 27 interchange with the A62 Leeds-Huddersfield road and the A650 Bradford-Wakefield road. The Joint Services offices are on the north side of the A650, just before/after it crosses the M621.

Car Parking

There is limited free parking availible for visitors to Leeds Archives.


We are approximately 2.5km from Morley Railway Station.


From Leeds City Centre - bus no. 219 to Gildersome Green; bus no.299 to Gildersome Crossroads or bus no. 51 to Morley; bus no. 220 from Leeds Train Station to Bruntcliffe Academy. We are 2.7km from Morley Town Hall.  

Journey Planning

To plan your journey using public transport, visit Metro Journey Planner. Our postcode is LS27 7JQ, just select 'West Yorkshire Trading Standards' from the drop-down list of options.