Whilst touring the library’s several floors, it was wonderful to see plenty of cosy reading nooks and comfy chairs (as well as the day’s papers) which had me in mind of one of the old Gentlemen’s clubs frequented by Sherlock Holmes or Bertie Wooster.
Pottering around we were told that Bromley House has one of only four meridian lines in England and for some reason I straddled it as if I was in two different time zones. Serious amounts of books will make me do odd things, although in the olden days Nottingham would have been 4 minutes and 33 seconds behind Greenwich.
The history section is one of the most fascinating as the books are classified in the order received, so wandering around the piles I found some amusing shelf mates such as Stalin next to Gandhi and Florence Nightingale sat next to…Lucretia Borgia! It was also great to see the British Sundial Society Library housed here too, which is certainly something I would love to go back to and discover.
Above is the current headquarters of the Nottingham UNESCO city of literature team which is next to a room with an old daguerreotype camera and even more interesting, the original flooring of the building. Naturally it would be located at the top of the library, just to give the visitor that thrill of mortality.
As well as plenty of wonderful bits of architecture dotting around the rooms, there is also a wonderful garden that looks just right for summer readings, although on the day I went it was raining. Standard for British summertime of course.
It is really worth the trip to come and see the library and take in the wonderment of such a collection of books and interesting facts. Being local, you can always come and see me as well, I know where all the best bookshops are.