GWL Aims and Objectives

Glasgow Women’s Library is the only Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending libraryarchive collections and innovative programmes of public events & creative learning opportunities.

Specific Aims: What we do

Glasgow Women’s Library aims to:

Advance the education of the general public by increasing the knowledge and understanding of women’s history, lives and achievements.

Provide information on a range of women’s and gender equality issues.

Enable women, particularly the most vulnerable and excluded in society, to access the information, resources and services they need to make positive life choices.

Break down barriers to learning and participation for women so that they become fully active citizens, develop skills and knowledge, engender self-confidence and equip themselves to pass on their experience to benefit their families and broader communities.

Be a catalyst for change by taking a lead role in redressing the neglect of women’s historical and cultural contributions to Scottish society.

Pioneer new ideas of, and approaches to, culture and heritage that bring together people from the most diverse backgrounds.

Invest in women’s social, cultural and creative capital to the benefit of our nation.

Increase our financial independence.

Provide the highest quality service to all visitors, audiences, users and enquirers.

Objectives: How we do it

In meeting our aims, GWL:

Actively collects relevant artefacts and materials to make them accessible to the broadest range of users.

Provides an information resource, library, museum and archive relevant to all areas of women’s lives, history, culture and achievements for use by individuals and groups from all areas of the community.

Encourages the involvement of as many women as possible in developing the Library and its related resources, projects and services and in contributing to the documentation, collection, creation and use of materials.

Offers Lifelong Learning, training, education, skill-sharing, volunteering, and employment opportunities for women across Scotland.

Provides a multi-award winning, accessible, welcoming building and venue to house our Recognised Collection of National Significance and deliver a range of activities.

Creates ethical, sustainable and economically vibrant enterprise activities, with an expanding range of income-generating products and services.

Seeks to attain and uphold the appropriate accredited professional standards across the organisation’s service delivery.