Click the library you're interested in finding out more about.
This information is regularly updated so please keep checking in.
Click here for the most up to date opening hours
The following opening hours will be in effect from 14 February 2022
Glasgow City Archives remains appointment only. For most items within The Mitchell Library, there is no need to book. Some items such as rare books and manuscripts within Special Collections will need to be viewed in Glasgow City Archives’ search room during their opening hours, and this requires advance booking. If you are unsure if this applies to you, please contact Special Collections at email@example.com or 0141 287 2988.
You do not need to book a PC in advance but should you wish to do so 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 forms to complete in advance of your visit.
Yes, study carrels are available in the Mitchell Library. Study carrels can be booked on the day, and cost £5/£2.50 concessions per day.
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, music carrells are available in the Mitchell Library. Piano carrels are £3.50/£1.75 concessions, per hour. Practice carrel is £1.50. Library customers are reminded that carrels are offered on a first come, first served basis and paid for on the day, and a cleaning station will be available. Customers are reminded to please sanitise their hands at the start and end of a session, and to take all personal possessions with them when leaving the carrels.
Yes– customers will be able to borrow books.
Customers can enter from the Granville Street (accessible entrance) and North Street entrances.
Yes we also accept books for any Glasgow Library
Yes, though there will be a charge for this. To print an A4 sheet is 10p per side and to print A4 in colour is £1 per side.
In line with Scottish Government guidance, we advise customers to continue wearing face coverings within the facility, however this is no longer mandatory from Monday 18 April.
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 30 June 2022.
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 are not yet recovered at the Mitchell although some libraries do have sessions and 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.
Central CAB has returned to the Mitchell and operates during opening hours Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
For Citizens Advice Bureau information please visit www.glasgowcentralcab.org.uk
The Family History centre will reopen on Monday and Tuesday only from 9 May 2022. It will also be open one Saturday per month from 2 July 2022, (2 July, 6 August & 3 September) with the exception of Public Holidays. Spaces will be by strict appointment only and bookings can be made by calling 0141 287 7655.
For Genealogy Centre information please visit www.glasgow.gov.uk/article/17698/Family-History
Newspapers and periodicals are available. Remember we do offer many eMagazines online here.
Yes –although, as with all areas in our facilities, social distancing is encouraged.
Yes, the café is open Monday to Thursday 9am-5.30pm and Friday and Saturday 9am-4pm.
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