The Mitchell Library

The Mitchell Library
North Street
G3 7DN

Tel: 0141 287 2999
Email: history_and_glasgow@

Admission: Free

Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm; Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm; closed on Sunday.

Europe’s largest reference library takes its name from the tobacco tycoon, Stephen Mitchell.

The Mitchell library was founded in 1874 and has been open to the public since 1911, it now houses over 1 million books and documents.

Wander around the spacious rooms and admire the beauty of this magnificent building.  The hallmark of the Mitchell Library is its majestic dome, which features the visage of Minerva, goddess of wisdom.

There is a huge selection of aerial photography covering most of Glasgow and it’s an excellent place to visit if you are interested in Glasgow’s history.

To make the resources of the Mitchell Library more accessible, a selection of photographs and other images of the city have been digitised.  The digitised material is of local and historical interest, featuring Glasgow’s buildings and streets as well as showing Glasgow’s people going about their daily lives.  Although the selection is a very small portion of the collection held within the library, this online collection is a great place to start browsing.

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