November Meeting – Geraldine Gray of Bromley House Library

Members of Bingham Business Club were told at their last meeting about a hidden gem in the heart of the city of Nottingham.

The guest speaker was Geraldine Gray of Bromley House Library on Angel Row, a private subscription library that is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.

The library, housed in a Georgian building, opened in 1816 before public lending libraries existed. It now has about 1,500 members. The library has a stock of about 40,000 books, and adds between 700 and 800 titles each year. About 80% of the books stocked are for loan, with others available for reference.

The library also has newspapers and periodicals, and runs occasional lectures and social events.

Geraldine described Bromley House as a lending library with the ambience of a Georgian family home. It popular as a quiet place for study, with its own garden, which Geraldine described as a haven in the centre of the city.

As a self-supporting charity, Bromley House Library relies on membership subscription, which is £96 a year for an adult, and rent from business tenants in parts of the building.

Geraldine said that many people in and around Nottingham were unaware that the library exited, and guided tours were popular with groups wanting to learn about its history and services.

Club chairman Jonathan Hammond encouraged members to book their place at the club’s annual Christmas lunch, and to enter his annual quiz, which raises money for Childline. Last year’s quiz raised £1967 for the charity.

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