GWL at 30

On this day in 1991, in a draughty little shopfront in Garnethill, Glasgow Women’s Library opened its doors for the first time.

Glasgow Women's Library 30th Anniversary logo - 30 Years of Changing. Logo design by Kirsty McBride
Logo design by Kirsty McBride.

Now happily settled in our permanent home in Bridgeton, we are taking time over this anniversary year to ‘look back to move forward’ and want to do this with as many people as possible. We look forward to sharing with you over the forthcoming year (and beyond) many invitations to reflect, create, learn, research and celebrate the uniqueness of GWL with us. As ever, our doors – real and virtual – are open to all to come and make the Library their own. We are open to listening, open to new ideas and open to change.

We’re taking a trip down memory lane and sharing some photos below taken over the past three decades.

Share you memories, your photos and your videos with us using the hashtag #GWLat30 or email us at

We’re also delighted to launch a new fundraising initiative, Women on the Wall, to help us in our ongoing work towards building a sustainable, green future. Following the success of our Women on the Shelf scheme, we want to create a new space that links to our museum and archive collections to honour women who deserve recognition, while raising much needed funds.

The money raised will contribute towards GWL’s overall aims to become net carbon neutral. Women on the Wall fundraising will help us to achieve our aims whilst honouring women who have made their own positive impact on the world. To find out more, including how to nominate a woman for our wall, visit the Women on the Wall page.

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