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.
Sue John with the plaque and certificate recording our newly awared status as a Recognised Collection of National Significance Poetry for Fearties creative writing workshop Women on the Shelf markers GWLhearsme feedback box Our Spring Programme is Out Now!

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

  • Hens Tae Watch Oot Fur Issue 6 is now available!

    The latest issue of Hens Tae Watch Oot Fur is now available to buy in the library, and also online via our shop! In this issue the hens explored the theme of Intersectionality, a predominantly academic term used a lot in contemporary feminist and queer politics, exploring it in the context of their own lives as […]

  • Temporary Library Closure

    Unfortunately, due to heating problems, the Library will be closed this afternoon (Tuesday 2nd February) and Wednesday, 3rd February. We apologise for the inconvenience, and hope to be open as usual on Thursday – please watch this space for updates.

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@

Upcoming Events

Wed 10

Edinburgh Story Cafe

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wed 10

Women Making History in West Dunbartonshire

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thu 11

Story Café this Spring

February 11 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The Blog

NMRD Object of the Month

Film-maker Interview #1: Morgan Fraser

New Zines by Sophie Cunningham

GWL awarded Recognised Collection of National Significance status

Seeing Things give their views of their trip to the Turner Prize