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Bromley House Library

Angel Row, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 6HL
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Bromley House Library


“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
Marcus Tullus Cicero (106-43 BC)

Bromley House Library, founded 1816, is a flourishing independent lending library situated in the centre of Nottingham and is one of the few remaining subscription libraries in the country. The library houses around 40,000 books and has a tranquil and unstuffy atmosphere. There are many fine reading rooms spread over three floors of a Grade II* listed Georgian townhouse. In addition there is a beautiful walled garden, one of only two in the city centre. The library is a pleasant place to work, relax or read. Regular open events are held, if you would like to visit groups are welcomed by appointment. For year round access to the collections, building and secluded garden why not consider becoming a member.

The library is on the first floor and above, and regrets that they are currently unable to offer disabled access.

For those who want to visit the library there is a guided tour every Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm - the tours are free and last about 1 hour with booking essential. Call the library on 0115 9473134 or email

Although the library 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 the library tours.

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  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Indoor Attraction

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Travel & Trade

  • Wi-fi available

Opening Times

Opening Times (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2018)
Monday09:30 - 18:00*
Tuesday09:30 - 17:00*
Wednesday09:30 - 18:00*
Thursday - Friday09:30 - 17:00*
Saturday09:30 - 14:00*

* Bromley House Library is a members library 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.
Free public tours are available every Wednesday at 2.30pm - pre-booking required - call 0115 9473134 or email

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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Monday, 1 January 2018 - Monday, 31 December 2018

Bromley House Library ToursBromley House Library has operated continuously as an independent subscription library since 1816. The coming year continues with a programme of talks, events and gallery exhibitions, along with regular weekly tours.
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Saturday, 10 February 2018 - Saturday, 10 February 2018

Bromley House Library 2018 Talks - Homintern: Homosexual Internationalism and Modern CultureFrom the trials of Oscar Wilde to the gay liberation era of the 1970s, homosexuality helped to shape Western culture. Gregory Woods explores the huge impact that gay men and lesbians, in their friendships and cultural collaborations, had on modern society.
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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Bromley House Library 2018 Talks - A Cartoon History of Here with Ian McMillan and Tony HusbandA fast-flowing, rapid-rafting adventure in which two top funny men reflect upon local stories and legends. Don’t miss what’s set to be a fabulous evening of comedy, cartoonery and poetry. 
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Saturday, 24 March 2018 - Saturday, 24 March 2018

Bromley House Library 2018 Talks - Using and Abusing Antiquity with Frances PottsFrances Potts gives a talk will look at how the ancient world has been used and abused by the modern world in art, architecture, films, and music, from George Washington to Saddam Hussain, from Verdi's Nabucco to Kubrick's Spartacus. 
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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 - Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Bromley House Library 2018 Talks - Writing Body and Soul with John HarveyFollow John Harvey as he traces the writing of his new novel, Body & Soul, from the scribbled first idea through to the final manuscript. 
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Saturday, 14 April 2018 - Saturday, 14 April 2018

Bromley House Library 2018 Talks - Ancient Greek Astronomy: A Robust Model of the UniverseUsing astronomical software which simulates the night sky, Tahir Ahmed shows how the Greeks developed their geocentric model of the universe and discusses how it was eventually replaced by the heliocentric (Sun centred) model.
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Saturday, 19 May 2018 - Saturday, 19 May 2018

Bromley House Library 2018 Talks : Dial-a-Poem - Literature and the Telephone​​​​​​​Sarah Jackson discusses the relationship between literature and calling, including John Giorno’s celebrated ‘Dial-a-Poem’ service established in 1969 after a phone call between Giorno and William Burroughs. 
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Saturday, 23 June 2018 - Saturday, 23 June 2018

Bromley House Library 2018 Talks : The Camera ObscuraAn illustrated talk and demonstration with camera obscura maker and expert Roger Smith, and a wonderful chance to get a closer look at this clever invention.
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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 - Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Bromley House Library 2018 Talks : The Vaughan Williams AffairKeith Aldritt and Janet Tenant show how the lives of both Vaughan Williams and his second wife Ursula were changed by their affair, how she affected his music and he her poetry and how other relationships affected both their lives. 
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Wednesday, 4 July 2018 - Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Bromley House Library 2018 Talks : In Conversation with Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate Georgina WildingJoin Georgina Wilding, Nottingham’s first Young Poet Laureate, as she talks about her first nine months in the role as ambassador for Nottingham’s thriving poetry scene.
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Saturday, 8 September 2018 - Saturday, 8 September 2018

Bromley House Library 2018 Talks :The English Civil War in Sherwood ForestJoin James Wright t hear how Nottinghamshire holds a unique place in the history of the English Civil War of 1642-46.
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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 - Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Bromley House Library 2018 Talks : Treasures of Roman NottinghamshireIn this illustrated talk Mark Patterson looks at various 'lost' villas, buried forts, hidden roads and some fascinating examples of Roman 'bling' in Nottinghamshire.
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