Brotherton Library

Posted by Tory Historian Wednesday, June 22, 2011 , ,

Tory Historian has many pleasant and not so pleasant memories of the great Brotherton Library of the University of Leeds, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The latest Alumni magazine does, indeed, have an article on the subject complete with a time line but neither appears to be on the website.

Suffice it to say that the library grew out of a private collection of books, formed by Sir Edward Allen Brotherton, later Lord Brotherton of Wakefield and could not have existed without his munificent gift. Thereafter, many other private collections were added. One example is the extensive Russian archive; then there is the Cookery collection; but, it seems, no detective story collection. How sad.

The main reading room was based on the British Museum Reading Room, which, alas, is no longer used for anything to do with books. But the Brotherton one is still there. Perhaps, Tory Historian will be welcomed back there one day. Hmm. A thought to be considered.

1 Responses to Brotherton Library

  1. Simon Harley Says:
  2. I spent far too many hours in there during my six years at Leeds. They have an excellent archive of First and Second World War reminiscences in Special Collections.

    It is a magnificent place. It's let down by the appalling layout and fabric of the rest of the university.

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