'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything'
Bromley House Library is one of Nottingham's best features. Despite its location in a well-trodden area of the city centre, it manages to stay hidden in plain sight. It is well-known for its creaky spiral staircase, towering bookshelves (a collection of over 50,000 books!), delightful winding hallways, and its tranquil atmosphere.
The library is housed over three floors of an old Georgian building. It was founded in the early nineteenth century and holds an impressive collection of rare manuscripts, early printed books, and works by new authors that may be unavailable in conventional public libraries. The collections are kept in good condition by a large group of volunteers who carefully provide conservation work each week.
The library also owns one of the last walled gardens in Nottingham (only two remain), which has been described by the library as a 'magical secret garden.' The garden is officially opened every spring with a party for members and the general public.