The library will be closed on Saturday 29th April and Monday 1st May for the Mayday bank holiday
There are regular opportunities look around the library; we hold a guided tour every Wednesday at 2.30pm. The tours cost £2 per person and last about 1 hour. To be guaranteed a place it is best to book in advance but please do contact the library for further details. Although we cannot show people round on an individual basis you can always pop up to the first floor if you are passing and interested in joining or want to find out about our library tours.
Research visits are by appointment and the visitor needs to bring ID and to fill in a form. We cannot allow people free access to our collections without this process being completed. Students should have confirmation of their need to use the material from their tutor at university/college.
Subject to the above we offer a single visit to view specific items by appointment as part of our charitable status. For more than one visit, or for researchers requiring ongoing assistance then temporary membership is available at £30 per quarter and subject to the usual rules.
Staff will be able to advise which approach is most appropriate.
Our extensive collections have been built up over 200 years, The library currently holds approximately 40,000 books and adds 700 – 800 newly published works of fiction and non - fiction each year. Books are added on a monthly basis and members’ suggestions are welcome and considered for purchase.
The Library book collection has a good selection of materials of interest to local historians, many topographical works, and a wide selection of 19th and early 20th century novels. We are strong in literature, history and biography, travel, art and religion but our collections cover a wide range of subject areas. Our full catalogue is now available online so you can get now a taste of the collections before you visit the library.
Daily newspapers and a selection of current journals and magazines are available. These are not retained by the library but members can make annual sealed bids for their purchase.
There is a collection of audio books on tape and CD and a small number of music (mainly classical) CDs.
Our collections provide a fascinating glimpse of the changing reading habits of the citizens of a provincial Midlands city over the past 200 hundred years.
Bromley House Gallery is housed in the imposing entrance hall of the library, and has been in existence since 2011, when, as part of the refurbishment of our hallway, a picture hanging and lighting system was installed. There is also additional wall hanging space and a display cabinet in the gallery.
The gallery is primarily for members’ enjoyment, and we try to show a variety of exhibitions: photography, painting, print and other two dimensional media. We also now use the gallery for our annual members’ open exhibition, which has been running since 2005.
Many artists and photographers exhibit at Bromley House by invitation, but we also make the gallery available for hire to both members and non-members of the library. Although Bromley House is a private members’ library with well over 1000 members, and does not normally allow access to the general public, non-members can be admitted to the gallery by arrangement with the artist.
Please contact Nicola Rae at the Library for further details
|Gallery and Library Exhibition - Paul Harraway - Towards a state of Nature |
Wed Apr 26 @12:00AM
|Gallery and Library Exhibition - Off the Shelf - a new exhibition by Socket art group|
Wed May 03 @12:00AM
|Guided Tours of Bromley House Library - 1 hour £2.00 per person|
Wed May 03 @ 2:30PM - 03:30PM
17 March 2017We have some wonderful books in our travel collection which have benefited from being rebound with funds from our 'Adopt a book scheme'. Read more about a 2 volume work 'Narrative of a journey to the shores of the Arctic Ocean 1833-5 by Richard King on our recent blog https://bhlibrary.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/Narrative