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.
GWL Building Sign Lindy West Poetry for Fearties creative writing workshop Photograph of GWL badges used on Summer 2016 Programme Cover page. SWA awareness raising project Women on the Shelf markers GWLhearsme feedback box

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

  • Girls’ Questions Answered

    The first in series of four blogs revealing some of the gems of the Glasgow Women’s Library’s Family Planning Archive. First up is Girls’ Questions Answered, a fascinating advice booklet from the 1970s that sought to answer some very important questions posed by teenage girls in respect of their bodies and relationships.

  • Our Summer Programme is Out Now!

    GWL’s summer programme of events, activities, workshops and exhibitions at the library and out and about across Scotland is out now!

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.

21 Revolutions

21 Revolutions Exhibition launch at CCA in 2012

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

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

Wed 01

TYCI & GWL Presents…Lindy West

June 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu 02

Young Critics Exhibition Launch

June 2 @ 5:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thu 02

Story Café

June 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The Blog

Girls’ Questions Answered

Welcome to the Speaking Out volunteers!

Woman poets wanted!

NMRD Object of the Month: Double Header Bout Programme

Jeanie’s student placement