Mitchell Library

Mitchell Library, Glasgow: Hours, Address, Mitchell Library Reviews: 4.5/5

Mitchell Library
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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itchyfeet2014
Glasgow, UK2,168 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The Mitchell Library has a wealth of resources including great family history archives, a theatre and fantastic library facilities. The building itself is beautiful and glorious when lit up at night.

Currently there is an exhibition of portraits of distinguished Women in Science. This is located in the ground floor, near the theatre entrance. I thought this would be both historical and paintings. However it is very topical with beautiful photographs of women who have excelled in Science, mainly in Scotland. A great and most informative exhibition. The photos are skilfully taken and of wonderful quality. Worth a visit.
Written January 15, 2020
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wlaurence98
Glasgow, UK114 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
Librarians are extremely nice and helpful. If you are needing to study and need resources this is the place to go!
Written April 13, 2019
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Barbara M
Glasgow, UK40 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Had a free guided tour here today.. Well worth the visit. 😃 It was great to see behind d the scenes. The guide was very informative. Most enjoyable.
Written July 17, 2018
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jakinoz
Gold Coast, Australia53 contributions
Feb 2015 • Solo
During a visit to Scotland used the opportunity to spend a couple of days researching the Scottish side of my family tree. The family history room on the 5th level offer a full day of searching using the Scotland's People site for £15 from 9am till 4pm. Print outs of certificates cost 50p each. Well worth the money. Cafe on the ground floor for speedy lunch if you can drag yourself away from searching! Beautiful library and building.
Written March 6, 2015
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VisitDontVisit
Oban, UK2 contributions
Jun 2013 • Business
I have used the 4th and 5th floors of this "Library" on a number of occasions. The staff on the 4th floor (and 5th) are awful. They are always angry and unhelpful. Are these people qualified librarians? I can't believe that they are!

I found the atmosphere to be bad, like a halfway house or down and out's hostel. Also, it was freezing on the 4th floor, with people wandering around (in the "library / reading areas") talking loudly to each other and / or on their mobile phones.

The (gents) toilets were out of order on the 4th floor, and 5th, and ground floor (both of them)! And, the cubicle light in the toilet on the 3rd floor was broken (dark), and there was no toilet paper. What a place! Not to mention the massive hole in the ceiling above the urinals. Are you kidding? Are they running this building down before closing it or something?

Yeah, the cafe is nice, and the staff on level 2 and 3 are okay, but the rest of the place is awful, truly awful.
Written June 29, 2013
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99rainraingoaway
Glasgow, UK91 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
As I live in the city, I thought it was time to visit the Mitchell and actually see what was there, beyond the books. Sylvia took the small group round the buildings through the ages and pointed to so many interesting aspects - architectural features, book stock, current provision, computers, community services and history. I particularly liked the variety of bright carpets on the different floors and the glass ceilings. Definitely worth booking - it’s free - whether local or visiting. It has inspired me to use the library more!
Written November 19, 2019
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Christine R
Welwyn Garden City, UK944 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Spent a couple of hours in this lovely beautiful building talking to the very helpful ladies in the family history section. We found out so much! They even let us look at some rare and valuable books written by an ancestor!
Written September 1, 2018
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deniselouise
Philadelphia, PA33 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
A beautiful building all on its own! This library houses the Glasgow City Archives. Do your research before you go - they can only find documents if you already know what you're asking for. Using the Family History center requires a reservation and will cost 15 pounds for access to all of their records (through Scotland's People). The cafe offers a variety of food, deserts, and drinks at a reasonable price. Great gift shop.
Written August 2, 2018
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Mary M
Cape Town, South Africa22 contributions
Jan 2018
Interesting building inside and out. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Well worth a visit. Check out the what's on pamphlets.
Written June 18, 2018
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David M
Glasgow62 contributions
Nov 2016 • Family
A great library for researching and for the ordinary guy to visit and spend me time in it's one of the largest libraries in the UK the Glasgow room is fantastic and can tell you anything about the city of Glasgow and you can get pictures of old Glasgow since photographs came into existence .the reading room is also a good place to spend a few hrs all in all a must visit
Written September 14, 2017
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