Do you remember Mitchell's Library? Loaned-out book from closed Northampton library resurfaces

A 60-year-old library book from a long-gone Northampton library has resurfaced in Kent.

Monday, 25th September 2017, 6:03 pm
Updated Monday, 25th September 2017, 6:09 pm
Marion Bromley is asking Northampton folk to tell her more about Mitchell's Library, in Bridge Street.

The ragged science-fiction novel, checked out from Michell's Library, based at 46 Bridge Street, in 1959 was discovered tucked in a household bookshelf in Beckenham.

But with the library now shut, the finder is asking for Northampton folk to help tell her a little more about where the novel came from.

Marion Bromley, 65, from Kent, found the book while clearing out at room at her home for decorating.

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A scan of the inside page. The book was last checked out from Mitchell's Library in 1959.

She said: "I bought it for pennies in a second-hand shop in Bedford. I don't owe any fines on it, truly.

"The method of booking an item [from Mitchell's library] seems stunningly complicated.

"I would love to know more about the library it came from and what happened to it."

The 60-year-old copy of "Worlds of Tomorrow" by August Derleth is stamped with Mitchell's Library's address in Bridge Street. It was checked out in 1959 and warns a charge of "1/-" will be made for any damage to the plastic jacket.

"The checking out system seems stunningly complicated."

46 Bridge Street is currently occupied by a takeaway restaurant.

A scan of the inside page. The book was last checked out from Mitchell's Library in 1959.
"The checking out system seems stunningly complicated."