Bromley Libraries

Learning and research

At Bromley Libraries, we're passionate about helping everyone learn something new and expand their curiosity. That's why we provide a variety of research materials for academic and personal use, including journals, local history archives, and more.

We also offer best-in-class skill development courses and resources for people of all ages and abilities. Whether you want to brush up on your driving theory or improve your IT skills, find out what's on offer in Bromley.

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Research resources: Bromley Libraries

Whether you're doing research for an essay or working on a passion project, find out about our reference resources below.

Journals and publications

Discover our large collection of academic journals and online publications. As a library member, you can access these resources for free at home or at your library.

Digital reference resources

Whatever topic you're interested in, you can access reliable information from a range of encyclopedias and dictionaries online.

Newspaper records

Interested in history? As a library member, you can access digital archives of newspapers, magazines and more.




Archive services

Each region has a unique offering within its archive department. Please enquire about archive services at your local library.

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Local and family history in Bromley

Want to take a trip down memory lane? Discover our local and family history resources and dive into the past.

Ancestry
Bromley library members can access the UK's largest family history site for free. (Please note: this can only be accessed in the library.)
Go to Ancestry.co.uk

Find My Past
On this site, all library members can access records, including UK BMDs, Maritime BMDs, Merchant Navy Records, England & Wales censuses.
Go to Findmypast.co.uk

Who's who and who was who?
This website is home to thousands of biographies and you can find information on significant British people past and present since 1897.
Go to UK ukwhoswho.comĀ 
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Skill development courses at Bromley Libraries

From IT support to career development, discover our skill courses, classes and resources.

COBRA

The Complete Business Reference Adviser is an online hub with all the information you need on starting and running a business.

Go Citizen

This online study resource is license by the Home Office and can help you preparing and practice for the Life in the UK test.

Career active

This free resource for library members is full of brilliant tips and videos on CVs application forms and interviews (Bromley library members only).

Theory Test Pro

Pass your theory test first time! This online resource includes the full bank of official questions, Highway Code and hazard perception clips.

What our members say

"I can't thank our local library enough for the fantastic career resources they offer! From up-to-date books to online courses, I found everything I needed for my professional growth."

Timothy Biggs
Library member

"A massive shoutout to our local library for the awesome UK citizenship test practice resources! The study materials and practice exams were a game-changer, and the librarians made the whole process a breeze."

Maria Barnes
Library member

"Hats off to our amazing local library for the goldmine of resources on local and family history! Our library is a true treasure trove for anyone exploring their history- couldn't be more grateful!"

Rachel Ebbs
Library member