More Bromley House Library

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.

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23 Replies to “More Bromley House Library”

  1. Thanks for more cool photos! The thing is, the sight of so many books, most of which I will never be able to read, makes me feel the same way I do when I look at my library websites’ wish lists–so many books, so little time! Or, like the man said, “Ars longa, vita brevis est”! Keep up the good work!

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    1. I was going to say that was St Augustine but looking it up Hippocrates it is. The amount of books is depressing when compared to one’s own life span but at least it means we will never go short of something good to read.

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      1. Well, certainly someone writing in Latin must’ve been responsible for the quote as it’s familiar to you and me, because Hippocrates wrote in Greek! And something I didn’t know (you prompted me to look it up, too) was that the original quote was in the reverse, and translated into English said “Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experimentation perilous, judgement difficult.” Well, damn it all, I guess everything is against us! Anyway, I always think you take the nicest pictures. I’m glad you shared these ones in particular, as a sort of counterpoint to the nice Philippine scenery in your second post today (my goodness, two posts a day! What up?).

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        1. What a grim picture we have, evrything of note, of culture is against us but we persevere as best as we can. I forget about the time difference, I posted over two days but like that sometimes it becomes one day depending on where in thw world you are. I like the feeling of home and away posts so soon. Although that is nothing to do with the Australian soap of the same name that went down hill years ago. I have so many more Philippine posts to sort out, I need to find some local ones to keep a nice balance.

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    1. I love the cosiness, so many libraries go for the architecture and what not but I like the feeling of having the books all crowding in on me. It’s a lot more personal and makes me imagine having a home with that sort of feeling.

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      1. So many of the newer libraries are architecturally amazing, but they have lost that cozy atmosphere. I’ll take cozy over spacious and grand any day.

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