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“So full of local information, must visit place.”

Bermuda National Library
Ranked #28 of 62 things to do in Hamilton
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Owner description: This library exhibits its 1624 first edition of Captain John Smith's "General Histoire of Virginia, New England and the Somers Isles."
Kibworth Beauchamp, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“So full of local information, must visit place.”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

If your interested in the history of Bermuda then you spends weeks in here and still have more to learn. Fascinating and informational doesn't really describe the history in here. The staff are also only to willing to help and talk about Bermuda.

Visited June 2014
Thank Chris B
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English first
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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272 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Good for Research and Island Books”
Reviewed 9 June 2013

I joined this library as an expat in part because the cost of books here is extortionate so borrowing seemed a good idea. You need picture ID and proof of address to join, but they also do holiday memberships and you do not need to be a member to use the library resources, just to take books away. Permitted six at any one time, I have just taken two each week. The latest was a novel by a local author, one I would not have seen but it was highlighted in the local books section. For Bermuda books this place is fantastic, some on loan but lots more in the reference section. Also available are DVDs, talking books, news papers, microfiche, computers, magazines, study desks, help for searches. Impressive provision for a small library with a small number of staff.

Visited June 2013
Thank Katie906
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New Minas
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44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Just a great place to go”
Reviewed 19 May 2013

From the story of the tree out front to the helpful and friendly staff. stop in and read something here. Don't disturb those napping in the reading area as they're a big part of the libraries charm.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Tojoso
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Hamilton, Bermuda
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72 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Decent library but best for locals/expats/students”
Reviewed 24 March 2013

- Nice place to read and chill out, have access to books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs
- Free first-run movies on the weekends and an excellent website where you can see what's playing or browse other events
- Excellent location so an easy place to visit if you're in Hamilton
- Nice separate room on Bermuda history and culture books

- On the small side for the only library in the city, but there are two floors and they make the most of their space (little tight between the shelves so two people can't quite walk by each other)
- Decent book selection but not extensive

Went here for the first time to see about getting a library card (as I'm a new resident) and the process couldn't be easier. Simply take your passport and any id with your address on it, and they do the rest.

For visitors, there is free internet, browsing, and movies shown for free as well. (They were showing Life of Pi in March 2013 which was fairly recent). It's also next to the Lemon Tree Cafe, which can be great for a weekday coffee or lunch if it's open.

The two ladies I spoke to were very nice, helpful, and friendly and seemed to strike up a conversation with anyone who approached the desk. I also took the elevator upstairs and found myself in a huge section of books, from fiction to non-fiction, all ordered alphabetically by author (fiction) or subject (non-fiction). Now that I've finally managed to step inside, I will definitely come back and continue to explore what it has to offer.

Visited March 2013
2 Thank Carol8131111
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Victoria British Columbia Canada
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78 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“This is another must as the beautiful books of Bermuda are housed here.”
Reviewed 24 September 2012

Centrally located downtown and a beautiful building where you can spend hours pouring over books not to be found elsewhere in the world. An introduction to the rich and colourful history of Bermuda.

Visited October 2011
1 Thank 2mzungus
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