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No – we are operating reduced opening hours and a limited service from Archives at this time.
The following opening hours will be in effect from Tuesday 29 June 2021
Due to physical distancing the number of visitors to the library will be restricted. Customers may have to queue to enter the library and we thank you for your patience.
Archives remain appointment only but there is no requirement to book to access any other services.
To book a PC in advance visitors will need to email Mitchelllibrary@glasgowlife.org.uk or calling The Mitchell Library during opening hours on 0141 287 2999.
Drinks can be consumed at desks/PCs but food can only be consumed in the designated areas. We ask that customers dispose of waste appropriately.
While no appointments are necessary, if you are travelling from further afield you may wish to let us know you are coming and allow us to prepare material in advance.
To book in advance for Special Collections, General Services, or Business, please email Mitchelllibrary@glasgowlife.org.uk or call The Mitchell Library during opening hours on 0141 2872999.
All appointments are free and for one person only.
To book a research appointment with Archives, please email Archives@glasgowlife.org.uk or call Glasgow City Archives during opening hours on 0141 287 2910.
Please book at least one week and a maximum of four weeks in advance. Archives appointments will be for a maximum of three hours per session.
Please note, Archives customers will be limited to one appointment per day, and a maximum of one visit per week.
Customers can request up to six items in advance of an Archives session. Materials are only available for use during your appointment. All documents will be quarantined for 72 hours after use.
Four places will be available for general researchers and two for those using architectural drawings/large plans. You will be assigned a table and your order will be placed there in advance of your arrival.
You will be advised on any specific conditions on access to Archives materials and we will confirm all appointments by email where possible. You should be ready to show this email on the day.
You will be sent Reader’s Registration and Test & Protect forms to complete in advance of your visit.
All appointments are free and for one person only.
Study spaces should be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance by emailing Mitchelllibrary@glasgowlife.org.uk or calling The Mitchell Library during opening hours on 0141 287 2999
Study spaces can be booked for a maximum of three hours per session.
Customers will have access to a desk and plug socket, but will be required to provide their own equipment and materials. No library material will be issued or available for access.
Water can be brought into the study spaces, but no other drinks or food can be consumed in the library. We ask that customers dispose of waste appropriately.
Yes– customers will be able to borrow books.
Customers can enter from the Granville Street (accessible entrance) and North Street entrances.
We will confirm all appointments by email where possible. You should be ready to show this email on the day.
On arrival you will be asked to confirm your Test and Protect details and you will be directed to your booked location.
Yes we also accept books for any Glasgow Library
Staff will be able to help you with limited volume of printing or photocopying where possible.
The building is being cleaned prior to opening to the public and we will have regular cleaning procedures in place which are appropriate to the venue.
Yes – in line with legal requirement, we are asking visitors to wear a face covering to keep themselves and others safe when visiting our libraries. We recognise that some visitors have health conditions, disabilities or other factors that prevent them from wearing a face covering. The Scottish Government has published guidance on the use of suitable face coverings and exemptions.
Yes – public health and government guidance for reopening public venues requires Glasgow Life to participate in the Test and Protect scheme. We have QR Codes on display at both entrances or, if you don’t have a smartphone, paper forms (the information will be held securely for three weeks and then destroyed).
Yes – we have retained several measures in our venues to minimise the spread of Covid-19. These include encouraging physical distancing; Perspex screens at staff desks; the promotion of rigorous hand washing and the provision of hand sanitiser.
Yes, customers are able to reserve books online.
Any fines incurred during our closure and phased reopening periods will be waived until 31 December 2021.
No – upon reopening, venues will be operating at reduced capacity and we’ll be unable to offer the full timetable of services and events which were available pre-lockdown.
Bookbug sessions will not be able to take place. However, we have weekly Bookbug sessions online every Wednesday at 10am for you to join in at home. Further details are available here.
There is now face to face Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries provision at The Mitchell on Tuesdays 11am-1pm. The following libraries also offer Macmillan appointments and drop ins.
Pollok Civic Realm, 2EN, Cowglen Rd G53 6EW
1pm – 3pm
61 Royston Rd G21 2QW
2pm – 4pm
305 Dumbarton Rd G11 6AB
100 Castlemilk Drive G45 9TN
2A Craigpark, Glasgow G31 2NA
1pm – 3pm
Call 0141 287 2903 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
You can also access Macmillan support by phone on 0141 287 2903 or via email email@example.com
Yes – staff will help customers to borrow and renew books using the self-scan kiosks where available.
No, at this time our partner services will not be available.
For Citizens Advice Bureau information please visit www.glasgowcentralcab.org.uk
Newspapers and periodicals are available. Remember we do offer many eMagazines online here.
Yes –although, as with all areas in our facilities, social distancing measures will be in place.
Yes, the café is now open. Operating hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 3:30pm.
The current measures are in line with Scottish Government guidelines and will enable us to accommodate and protect our staff and visitors. These measures may change as advice from the Scottish Government is updated.
We will provide regular updates through our social media channels (see below) as well as on the Glasgow Life website.
The Mitchell Library on Facebook
BIPC Glasgow on Twitter
As a charity, Glasgow Life is hugely grateful for the support it has received during the coronavirus pandemic, which has helped us to continue vital work in communities across the city during the most challenging of times. You can continue to help us by donating online at https://forms.glasgowlife.org.uk/Pages/donate.aspx