From its origins in 1832 to the present day, the Bradford Mechanics Institute has served the people of the City with educational, recreational and social activities.
Today we are primarily a well-stocked subscription library with an expanding range of very active Interest Groups. Our building has undergone extensive refurbishment and now provides a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious meeting rooms and exhibition space on the 2nd Floor.
Our members visit to exchange library books, or to meet with others for a stimulating talk on a wide range of subjects, or just to have a peaceful sit-down with a coffee. Indeed we are often described as a ‘haven of peace’ within the city centre.
Come and join us! We are open Tuesday to Friday from 9:30am to 4:00pm
The Library has over 14,000 books in the fiction section. These are constantly replenished with the most recent titles and our staff are keen to respond to the specific requests of readers.
Non-fiction sections cover the usual full range of topics: biography, history, philosophy, hobbies, travel, etc . . . Sections which support our Interest Groups are particularly well stocked, for example, local history, poetry and WW1.
Our reading room has a plentiful supply of daily newspapers and weekly and monthly magazines can be read whilst enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.
The library is excellent value, with the joining fee about the same as the cost of a quality hard-back book! Members receive our bi-annual newsletter, can attend any of our social activities and Interest Groups as well as borrow books. Please contact the administrator who will give you up-to-date details (single, joint, annual or half-year).
1872 - 2017
Built in 1872 the Mechanics Institute was a well-known Bradford landmark which stood opposite City Hall for 100 years. This was in fact our second purpose-built building and older residents of the City have happy memories of it. In 1974 we moved to premises at 76 Kirkgate and continue to thrive as a library and meeting place.
Our refurbished meeting rooms can be hired by outside organisations.