Glasgow Women’s Library

is a vibrant information hub housing a lending library, archive collections and contemporary and historical artefacts relating to women’s lives, histories and achievements.
Image courtesy of Howard Lake on Flickr Join a Women 21 Revolutions: the Publication cover image

Map of Landressy Street, Bridgeton

Looking to the future

A New Chapter for GWL

In November 2013 GWL opened in new premises at 23 Landressy Street, in the heart of Glasgow’s increasingly vibrant East End.

With Phase 1 of our relocation complete, preparation is underway for Phase 2, including the construction of dedicated archive and museum spaces. You can help GWL to raise essential funds for refurbishing our new home through the Women on the Shelf initiative.

GWL Staff and Volunteers celebrate in the new lending library space at 23 Landressy Street

Get involved with GWL

Join the Library

Joining the library is easy and completely free! As a Library member, you can borrow books from our lending library, get monthly updates about what's on, and book onto events easily through the website.

Volunteer at GWL

Lend your skills to GWL, or learn new skills working alongside the GWL Team

Become a Friend

Help to support our work by becoming a Friend of GWL from just £5 per month.

Other News from the Library

  • Spotlight on: Women in Parliment 1919 – 2014

    With David Cameron’s recent cabinet reshuffle weighing on my mind, I decided to take a browse through the GWL Archives to discover more about our first female figures in parliament. There is no doubt these were inspiring women; the words ‘courageous’, ‘out-spoken’ and ‘quick-witted’ seem to follow them in the archives Suffragette literature.

  • Ethel MacDonald: Glasgow woman in the Spanish Civil War

    To mark the 78th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, I’m putting a spotlight on one of the many Scottish women who showed support and travelled to Spain in 1936. Ethel MacDonald was born in Motherwell in 1909 and was active in left-wing politics by the time she was sixteen. In 1931 she […]

Heritage Walks

East End Women's Heritage Walk

Heritage Walks

Women's Heritage Walks

Join our tour guides to explore the hidden histories of women across Glasgow, pick up one of our Women's Heritage Walk maps, or download the West End Walk Audio Tour for just £3.

Help with reading, writing and numbers

One-to-one session with Magi

Help with reading, writing and numbers

Help with reading, writing and numbers

We can help you brush up on skills such as filling out forms, working out bills or essay writing.

21 Revolutions

21 Revolutions Exhibition launch at CCA in 2012

21 Revolutions

21 Revolutions

To mark our 21st anniversary, GWL commissioned 21 women artists and 21 women writers to create new work inspired by items and artefacts in our collections.

Reading Ideas

Feminist books

Reading Ideas

Reading Ideas

Looking for a good book? Whether you're looking for the latest arrivals, or something to inspire you, staff and library users have lots of recommendations to get you started.

Be Inspired!

Lifebooks workshop

Be Inspired!

Be Inspired!

GWL offers bespoke workshops, training, events and learning programmes, delivered by Glasgow Women’s Library’s expert learning and collections teams, for groups and organisations across Scotland.

Contact Us

GWL Staff and Volunteers excited about the move to Bridgeton

Contact Us

Contact Us

Get in touch with your questions and comments through the website, over on Facebook or @gwlkettle on Twitter.

You can also send us an email directly on info@ womenslibrary.org.uk.

Upcoming Events

  1. Read Aloud! Celebrate Commonwealth Women’s Writing

    August 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Every Friday afternoon (not Good Friday)
  2. The Tenement House – group visit

    August 6 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  3. Dream Time

    August 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Read, Relax, Recharge!

    August 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Every Thursday lunch time

The Blog

Clydeside Women’s Heritage Bike Ride Launch

Spotlight on: Women in Parliment 1919 – 2014

My Two Week Placement

Top 10 Books for Teenage Girls

Ethel MacDonald: Glasgow woman in the Spanish Civil War