Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Scotland

Today, I visited the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, Scotland. This visit was in context of research for upcoming ancestry themed tour.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Scotland

The Mitchell Library is one of the top ranking such public libraries in Europe. Inventory comprises over 1.2m volumes which includes various special collections featuring the arts, music, literature and local history. A key strength is family history records covering Glasgow and West of Scotland.

From an architecture perspective:

  • Original building was donated by tobacco industry magnate Stephen Mitchell.
  • Designed by William B White and opened 1911.
  • Over the main, North Street entrance is a copper dome¬†featuring a bronze statue (by Thomas Clapperton) entitled ¬†Literature.

    Main Entrance, Mitchell Library

    Main Entrance, Mitchell Library, Glasgow

  • An extension was added 1972-80 which originally comprised the St. Andrew’s Halls, a building dating from 1877 and designed by James Sellars.

Inside is a cafe with computer and WiFi facilities.

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