Find out about a fascinating part of Britain''s library history. Most of the libraries listed here were established as independent or subscription libraries, financed and maintained by their members. Many of these were founded by learned societies between 1768 and 1841; some of the most interesting were established by working men, such as the library created by the lead miners of Wanlockhead, Scotland.
Wanlockhead Miner's Library

The history of the second oldest subscription Library in Scotland and indeed Europe, established in 1756 by lead miners in the village; now the Museum of Lead Mining. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Wanlockhead Miner's Library

The history of the second oldest subscription Library in Scotland and indeed Europe, established in 1756 by lead miners in the village; now the Museum of Lead Mining. Unclaimed: Claim this business

Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society

Owns and maintains Whitby Museum, a local history library and archives; includes a guide to their collections and programme of talks and lectures. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society

Owns and maintains Whitby Museum, a local history library and archives; includes a guide to their collections and programme of talks and lectures. Unclaimed: Claim this business

Bradford Mechanics Institute Library

Founded in 1832 as an educational centre serving the demands of industry in Bradford, now a subscription library; includes information about their collections and services, groups, projects, and contacts. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Bradford Mechanics Institute Library

Founded in 1832 as an educational centre serving the demands of industry in Bradford, now a subscription library; includes information about their collections and services, groups, projects, and contacts. Unclaimed: Claim this business

Bromley House Library

A private library in the centre of Nottingham; with details of membership, their collection and events, and a history. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Bromley House Library

A private library in the centre of Nottingham; with details of membership, their collection and events, and a history. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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