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Suggest new stock

We welcome all suggestions for library stock. If you have read a good review or can’t find what you want on our catalogue, drop us an email to with the following information:

  • Author/Artist/Composer name
  • Format (e.g. book/CD/DVD/audiobook/etc)
  • Title
  • Publisher
  • Publication date
  • ISBN
  • Where you found out about it
  • Why it would be a good addition to our stock

Items suggested will be carefully considered but not all necessarily obtained. You will not receive a response but if items are purchased they will be added to the library catalogue.

This is not a reservation form, so we will not ask for your details or reply to you. If you want to reserve an item that is not in stock, please contact your local library.


Download music for free

Library card holders can download 3 music tracks in the MP3 format each week, and stream 3 of hours of music each day for free!

Search and download the Freegal Music app from the app store on your device now.

Music Scores and Orchestral Sets for Hire

Sets of Music scores and orchestral sets can be hired to local societies, churches and schools who are registered as a member with the library. You may collect them from your local library. A hire fee is chargeable. Terms and conditions apply.

Some sets are held by Bromley Libraries – please see the link below – but others can usually be borrowed from other library authorities or special collections for an additional charge.

List of Vocal sets held locally

Music order form

For more information click on: How to Hire Music Scores and Orchestral Sets


A reservation charge of £6 is payable upon collection for each set requested along with the hire charges for the set. There is no reduction or refund of fees for early return.

Renewal of sets

Requests for renewal should be made direct to

We are unable to accept requests for renewal if another group has reserved the set.

Advanced Booking

Please give as much notice as possible when submitting requests as sets are in high demand and subject to nationwide availability.

The group will be informed as soon as possible as to whether the set is available for the dates required.


Where a cancellation is notified after the requested set has been dispatched ready for collection, the full transport costs, including return will be charged.

Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco online IT e-courses

Want to update your digital skills? Or thinking about a career in IT?

Bromley Libraries have teamed up with Cisco Networking Academy to offer 8 introductory online IT e-courses entirely free of charge. Study at your own pace, whether at home, or at your local library. Use your smartphone, tablet or PC to study, or visit a library to use our computers for free. There's no time limit for completing the courses and you can sign up for as many as you like, in any order you like.

You'll find the available courses listed below. Each course has a final assessment which you can complete if you wish. If you don’t want to take the final assessment, we recommend you do the quizzes to get some feedback on your learning.

Available courses:

  • Get Connected: Introduces you to basic computer and Internet navigation skills. [Beginner, 30+ hours]
  • Introduction to the Internet of Things (IoT): Provides an overview of key concepts and challenges related to digital transformation. Please note, this course requires you to download and install Cisco Packet Tracer software and is therefore not available on library computers. [Beginner, 20+ hours]
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity: Explore the broad topic of cybersecurity in a way that matters to you. [Beginner, 15+ hours]
  • Introduction to Packet Tracer: A course designed for beginners with no prior networking knowledge to understand the basics of this network simulation tool. Please note, this course requires you to download and install Cisco Packet Tracer software and is therefore not available on library computers. [Beginner, 10+ hours]
  • Cybersecurity Essentials: Continues from Introduction to Cybersecurity; develops foundational understanding of cyber-security and how it relates to information and network security. Please note, this course requires you to download and install Cisco Packet Tracer software and is therefore not available on library computers. [Intermediate, 30+ hours]
  • Entrepreneurship: Uses interactive, online case studies to show how to apply network technology skills to start a business or advance your career. [Intermediate, 15+ hours]
  • NDG Linux Unhatched: Linux for Beginners: a short course covering the basics of Linux software installation and configuration, and introducing the Linux command line. [Beginner, 8+ hours]
  • NDG Linux Essentials: An intermediate Linux course designed for learners who are beginning to build their Linux knowledge for a career in IT. [Intermediate, 70+ hours]

How to self-enrol on our courses:

Click on your chosen course title to be taken to that course’s self-enrolment page. Please enter your name and email address in the form on the right-hand side and submit to proceed with registration with Cisco Networking Academy.

We recommend the use of Firefox or Chrome browsers.

Privacy Statement: Cisco stores data in the US and in other countries. To find out more, read their privacy statement.

Online Reference Tools

Business, Skills, Jobs and Careers

Career Active - Stand out from the Crowd with Career Active. A free resource for library members, with brilliant tips and videos on CVs application forms and interviews. You can also use it to search for jobs. 




Cobra - The Complete Business Reference Adviser - Information on how to start and run a business, write a business plan and find grants etc. Available at home via your library card or within Bromley Libraries.


Theory Test Pro - Pass your theory test first time! Includes (licensed from the DSA), the full bank of official questions, Highway Code and hazard perception clips.


Universal Skills - Everything you need to know about Universal Credit processes and payments, Universal Job match and Basic IT skills.

A quick guide to using Universal skills:

Children's reading

Who's Next - When children ask: “Who can I read next?” or “Who writes like my favourite author?” the answers are here in Who Next…? Writers of children’s fiction are listed with suggestions of other authors who write in a similar way, together with key book and series titles.


The British Way of Life - The British Way of Life is an easy to use, comprehensive program to help new arrivals understand the British way of life.


Go Citizen-GoCitizen is an online study resource licensed from the Home Office for anyone preparing for the Life in the UK test.


Life in Great Britain - Help and guidance on the UK Citizenship test.


Which? - Test reports and other consumer news and information.

Available by visiting any Bromley Library, please ask staff for access.

Homework Help

Britannica Online

Adult Edition - Provides a wide range of information from a reliable and authoritative source. In-depth coverage provides the full text of over 75,000 articles and news headlines. Vivid graphics and sound bring many of the articles to life.

Junior edition - Designed for children aged 5-10 years old Britannica Junior has lively and accessible information on a wide range of topics

Student edition - Designed for secondary school students up to the age of 16 but useful for everyone. Provides access to more than 15,000 articles.



Newsbank - What the papers say about topics of interest.

The Times Digital Archive - The Times from 1785 to 2012

British Newspaper Archive - The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and Findmypast to digitise the British Library's vast collection of newspapers. When in the library you have free access to search hundreds of millions of articles, obituaries and letters with more titles and pages being added every day.

Oxford reference resources


American National Biography Online - Biographies of over 19,000 people who have shaped American history and culture.


John Johnson Collection - Thousands of pictures & prints about daily life in Britain in the last 300 years.


Oxford Bibliographies - A route to the most accurate and reliable resources for a variety of academic topics.


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - Biographies of the people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond.


Oxford Dictionaries - Oxford's English language dictionary, thesaurus and usage guides.


Oxford English Dictionary - Guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of 600,000 words past and present.


Oxford Reference - A range of Oxford's reference titles searchable via a single search.


Who's who - Information on significant British people past and present since 1897.


Very short introductions - Hundreds of very short introductions on dozens of subjects.

Coronavirus Resources


Oxford University Press
Learning resources now made freely available for a limited time

Oxford Medical Online
Online resources and leading journals made freely available

British Medical Journal - Coronavirus Hub
Updated daily

British Medical Journal - Best Practice
BMJ Best Practice pages made freely available for a limited time

Public Health England
Track coronavirus cases: dashboard and datasets to track the development of the pandemic in England

Worldometer coronavirus tracker
Live data on reported cases and deaths worldwide

World Health Organisation
Covid-19 myth-busting page