Bromley House Library

Established 1816


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The library will be closed on Saturday 29th April and Monday 1st May for the Mayday bank holiday

Visit Us

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. 



Our Collections

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.

GalleryBromley 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


Latest News

  • 24 July 2017
    Bromley House is heavily featured in an article on independent libraries in the summer edition of the Rathbones Review.  The piece is on page 42 onwards and can be accessed here: Rathbones Review Summer 2017 e-book Thanks to our member, Martin, who helped to ensure we were featured in this. 


  • Barrie Williams 'R.I.P' The Local Rag?
    Former Nottingham Post editor will be visiting Bromley House Library on September 6th to talk about local newspapers - tickets available now £3/£4. All welcome.
    11 July 2017

Opening Times

Mon & Wed

Tues, Thurs & Fri

9.30am - 2.00pm

Contact us
Angel Row
Telephone 0115 9473134
E mail enquiries

Registered Charity
No. 1074752