The Library is a unique resource in Scotland, housing a huge collection of materials by, for and about women. An accredited museum, lending library and archive, the Library holds several thousand items donated by users, supporters, members and publishers.
What will you find at the Library?
The lending library collection contains books on a broad range of subjects relating to women’s lives and experiences, and a wonderful selection of fiction and poetry by women writers. The archive and museum collections contains diverse and rich collections of books, archive materials and objects (including posters, banners, photographs, artworks, t-shirts, postcards and badges) from the nineteenth century to the present day.
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You can now search both the lending library catalogue and the archive collection catalogue – please be aware that both catalogues are a work in progress, and currently contain only a fraction of the Library’s collection. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact the Library.
Reading Ideas and Archive Gems
The collections team is dedicated to opening up the library collection to as wide an audience as possible. In Reading Ideas, our librarian Wendy Kirk and her volunteers, along with library users, pick out books old and new to inspire and challenge you.
In From the Archive, our archivists Laura Stevens and Lindsey Short and their team explore some of the fascinating and unique items to be found in the archive collections.
We’re also looking for your book recommendations – let us know what books have inspired you!
Add to our collection!
Donations are always very welcome, as the entire collection has been built up with donated material. Find out more about how to donate books and other materials to the GWL collection.
Access to the Archive and Museum collections
Following our move to our new permanent premises at 23 Landressy Street, we are preparing for major internal refurbishment works to build our dedicated archive and museum spaces (more information about our refurbishment plans is available here). While this is in progress, there continues to be only limited access to the archive and museum collections and some items remain in external storage.
If you have a specific research request, or something in particular that you wish to see, we will do our best to help you. For more information, please contact the Library.