Glasgow Women’s Library

is the only Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending library, archive collections and innovative programmes of public events & learning opportunities.
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The GWL Young Critics group gives women aged 16-25 a chance to explore cultural and arts events across Glasgow and share their opinions

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

Come to one of our many events!

You can find out what's coming up in our events calendar, or explore our projects to find out more about all our work.

The Library's new home in Bridgeton

Looking to the future

Our beautiful building

Our major renovation project has now been completed, with a beautiful events venue, a custom-built archive storage space, and a gorgeous lift providing access to our top floor.

Women on the Shelf initiative

Sponsor a Library section, shelf or book and dedicate it to a woman of your choice, building a living tribute to remarkable women and raising funds towards the refurbishment costs still needed to complete the transformation of GWL’s permanent new home in Bridgeton.

Become a Friend

Knowing that you can change someone’s life for the better is a powerful thing. As a Friend, and from as little as £2 per month, you can ensure that our work continues now and for future generations, and develops in new directions.

Other News from the Library

  • We Are GWL: Zefi and Amaia

    We Are GWL is a way of providing introductions to our amazing volunteers and workers who make the library what it is. Find out what you can do, see and be through reading our volunteers stories. Interview and photography by Jessica S.U.

  • Book Review and Recommendation: Autumn by Ali Smith

    In the fraught political times we live in, Scottish writer Ali Smith crafts a poignant story set in the immediate aftermath of Brexit, using this critical juncture in our nation’s history to subtly explore the delicate relationship between nationalism, the self and the complexities of time. It is a deeply moving novel – the first […]

Heritage Walks

East End Women's Heritage Walk

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 one of our Audio Tours.

Help with reading, writing and numbers

One-to-one session with Magi

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.

Venue Hire

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Venue Hire

We pride ourselves on our warm welcome and this extends to all of the events that take place within our building. Find out more here about holding your event at GWL.

Reading Ideas

Feminist books

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!

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

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

Tue 28

When the Light Shifts

6th March - 1st April
Wed 29

In Her Shoes: Gender and Prejudice

29th March at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Blog

We Are GWL: Louisina and Claire

We Are GWL: Tasha and Clare

We Are GWL: Zefi and Amaia

Harpies & Quines: creating a platform and giving support

Book Review and Recommendation: Autumn by Ali Smith