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Plymouth Proprietary Library

Open today: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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After 75+ years, moving premises again.

Having been blitzed out of their Foulston classical building during one of the fiercest attacks of... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2018
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More useful and necessary given closure of nearby central library.

The main city library at the other end of North Hill has closed to create a History Centre and a... read more

Reviewed 26 January 2017
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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

Having been blitzed out of their Foulston classical building during one of the fiercest attacks of the war, this distinguished private subscription library moved with all the books it could salvage to the building near the brow of North Hill. It seems that the landlord...More

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Reviewed 26 January 2017

The main city library at the other end of North Hill has closed to create a History Centre and a new style and type of library has opened on a small scale in Mayflower St , making the old fashioned but well stocked subscription library...More

3  Thank Jannerbloke
Reviewed 17 January 2015

Closed Wednesday and Sunday. Open 10.30 till 7pm on Monday but other days 10 till 12.30 I have reservations about this place but it is making increasing efforts to be welcoming and inclusive. With the dwindling enthusiasm of the public libraries, PPL is becoming a...More

5  Thank HillyCirencester
Reviewed 30 August 2014

Spend a few minutes exploring the PPL website not least the home page and the catalogue search mechanism and you will begin to discern the struggle going on at all levels between the perceived history and stature of this local institution and the reality of...More

8  Thank Terry C
Reviewed 30 August 2014

Let's hope the people of Plymouth galvanise themselves behind this rare library and help it remain independent. For years dark forces have tried to nudge it into amalgamation with Plymouth Athenaeum. That would be detrimental as the Athenaeum will only asset strip it to fund...More

20  Thank DroftheArts
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Perhaps a little too private or exclusive for it's own good. I noticed it again this week as I walked up over the brow of North Hill and it is now much more prominent on it's corner site. I came here twice while on my...More

10  Thank HillyCirencester
Reviewed 31 July 2014

I live with a member of the Proprietory Library and have visited occasionally with him. It has more life to it than its name and the photos suggest. It struggles a bit in the modern world with so much material available on the internet and...More

10  Thank 777hettiew
Reviewed 12 May 2013

This place looks austere from the outside. Not very inviting despite occasional notices of open days and invitations to new users. Most Plymothians if they have noticed it all, have possibly only done so from the top deck of a red bus caught up in...More

19  Thank DougalM_12
Reviewed 9 August 2012

My neighbour is a 'subscriber' and pays about £1 a week to use the private/independent library. She goes to some of their events. I have been taken along to an open day and once after that when she thought I was showing some interest. It's...More

5  Thank PlongeurV
Reviewed 9 June 2012

Nice idea. A subscription library with a wide selection of general interest books. But the world has moved on. Kindles, Amazon cheap hard copies generally delivered next day, Internet resources for anything arty or reference. A well intentioned friend took me on a visit a...More

9  Thank ChasC_12
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