25 Years of GWL

As we celebrate 25 years of Glasgow Women’s Library, the GWL team shares their experiences of the Library and favourite items from our museum, archive and library collections.

Books on GWL's library shelves, Ajay Close's 'A Petrol Scented Spring' is the focus.

GWL events speak to the Collection

GWL’s Production Coordinator, Katie Reid, shares what she loves about GWL and one of her favourite items from the GWL collection for our GWL 25 blog series.

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Welcome Home: Reading, Writing and Rebellious Women

GWL’s Adult Literacy and Numeracy Development Worker, Donna Moore, shares her memories of GWL and one of her favourite items from the GWL collections for our GWL 25 blog series.

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Come Together

I’m Alice, and I currently work at GWL as a sessional worker, working specifically on the collection which is popularly known as the Lesbian Archive. My job is to work with volunteers to list and research the collections, as well as to create new online and offline resources which highlight the collections and make them […]

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Some of GWL's awards, 2016

Reaping the Awards in 2016!

Let’s be honest, everyone loves some encouragement; to be told that you’re doing well. It’s a real morale boost, and at Glasgow Women’s Library we are all thrilled when this happens, so to be recognised for excellence through the winning of awards really does make our day – and has certainly made our year.

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Helen Crawfurd: Activist in the Archives

In our latest 25th birthday blog, GWL archivist Nicola talks about one of her favourite items from our collections.

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Sisterhood is Powerful!

Women were important and purposeful here, “Sisterhood is Powerful” rang in my thoughts. And that same spirit continues today, 25 years since GWL’s inception.

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From hockey sticks to Cathy and Claire

I started working at Glasgow Women’s library in 2009 as the national lifelong learning development worker. I’ve always felt GWL is a place where everyone and everything is cherished – library users, learners, staff, volunteers as well as the books, stories, artefacts and histories of women we have in our archive. I’ve felt able to […]

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Heroines in the bookstacks

I started working at GWL in 2005, as their first ever paid Librarian. As well as being somewhat daunting (yikes! what a responsibility!), it was a dream come true: to open up a treasure trove of books to women from all walks of life. Working in a library of donated books is something special. It’s […]

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GWL Building Sign

Glasgow Women’s Library named Venue of the Year

Glasgow Women’s Library was this week awarded Venue of the Year at The Icon Awards. The Awards, founded in 2015, highlight some of Scotland’s worthiest individuals, organisations and companies striving for equality and diversity. Venue of the Year was a hotly contested category which saw GWL claim victory over 9 other prestigious organisations. This award comes […]

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Finding a Language at GWL . . .

It was International Women’s Day 2013 when I walked (nervously, I’ll admit) into Glasgow Women’s Library for the first time. I had come to listen to Scottish poet Jackie Kay reading some of her excellent work about the lives of asylum seeker women in Glasgow. That day, I realised that I had something to offer – […]

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