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.
Peter Gilpin Jackie Kay 21 Revolutions: the Publication cover image Women on the Shelf

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

  • GWL at Glasgow International Festival

    For this year’s Glasgow International Festival, GWL commissioned work that focused on women’s voices and experiences in the city. Ruth Barker and Kim Moore created aural pieces in response to GWL’s East End Women’s Heritage Walk, and A Feminist Chorus  by Lucy Reynolds brought together participants to collectively recite narratives of women’s histories.

  • 21 Revolutions at Aye Write

    Described by The List as ‘an eye opening, moving and inspiring collection’, the 21 Revolutions book celebrates two decades of GWL by bringing together 21 writers and 21 artists to create a body of work inspired by GWL’s collection. At Aye Write! contributors Alison Miller, Laura Marney, Helen de Main and Shauna McMullan joined Adele Patrick to discuss what inspired their works.

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

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@

Upcoming Events

  1. GI: Palaces, Ballrooms and Battling Betty McAllister

    April 7 - April 21
  2. A Feminist Chorus

    April 7 - April 21
  3. Cancelled! Hidden Gems of Garnethill Heritage Walk

    April 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  4. Read, Relax, Recharge

    April 24 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The Blog

Mixing the Colours Goes to Brora!

Cape Town Poet Wows GWL!


Peter Gilpin’s donation to Badges of Honour

Star Sullivan by Maeve Binchy