About Us

Glasgow Women’s Library is no ordinary library! We are the only resource of its kind in Scotland and a true national treasure.

1930s knitting patterns from the Archive collection
1930s knitting patterns from the Archive collection

As well as a lending library, we hold a wonderful treasure trove of historical and contemporary artifacts and archive materials that celebrate the lives, histories and achievements of women. From Suffragette memorabilia and 1930s dress making patterns to rare 1970s Scottish Women’s Liberation newsletters, it’s all here!

We also support thousands of women across Scotland every year to improve their lives through our services and programmes, including support and activities that tackle a wide range of issues from poverty and women’s health, sexuality and surviving violence.

Empowering women is one of our key aims.

We have grown from a small grassroots project into the main hub for information by, for and about women in Scotland with 13 paid staff and more than 80 volunteers a year, offering specialized learning, collections and archives. GWL has always been a hotbed of ideas and is now growing into a pioneering women’s social enterprise.

A well-used, welcoming and accessible service, we take pride in our genuinely integrated and continually growing communities of users, from professional researchers to those who, for whatever reason, feel remote from culture and learning.

Phenomenal Woman Poetry Event at GWL, June 2011
Phenomenal Woman Poetry Event at GWL, June 2011

First time visitors and old friends are always assured of a warm welcome.

Learning is at the heart of what we do: we deliver over 200 innovative events and activities across Scotland every year, from film screenings to guided walks and core programmes including our Adult Literacy and Numeracy and Black and Minority Ethnic Women’s Projects.

An Audio Introduction to GWL

You can listen to an audio descriptive introduction to GWL, produced by VocalEyes, below. This recorded guide highlights GWL’s achievements, detail how to access our resources, outlines our provision for blind and partially sighted visitors, and includes descriptions of the architecture and layout of our building in Bridgeton.

A BSL Introduction to GWL

Find out more about who we are and what we do in this short British Sign Language (BSL) introduction to Glasgow Women’s Library. More information in BSL, including an introduction to our collections, can be found on our BSL video page.

More about GWL

Glasgow Women’s Library is an Accredited Museum, and the entire archive and museum collection is Recognised as a Nationally Significant Collection.

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The Entire Museum Collection of Glasgow Women's Library is Recognised as a Nationally Significant Collection Awarded by Museums Galleries Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government

Glasgow Women’s Library is a registered company.

Registered Company No: 178507
Registered Office: 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow, G40 1BP

Glasgow Women’s Library is a Scottish Charity SC029881, regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)

OSCR Scottish Charity Regulator Registered Charity SC029881

We are a Living Wage Employer.

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