Several GWL facemasks on a wooden table - the facemasks have two different patterns, one in red, green and black on white, with different logos from GWL's history, and one in white on black with the 'Women in Profile' logo from GWL's precursor.

Re-opening Glasgow Women’s Library: The Countdown Begins…

Glasgow Women’s Library re-opens its doors to the public on Tuesday 1st September, and we are so excited – we’ve missed you all! The safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our top priority and we have worked hard to implement the necessary changes to be able to welcome you back.

Three books standing on a shelf with a plant. The books are New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby, which has a black cover with a photo of a black woman looking directly at the reader, her hands clasped behind her head; Where the Wild Ladies Are, by Matsuda Aoko, a yellow cover with a dark abstract shape in the top half, and an illustration of the knees of two women in skirts sitting beside each other; Queenie, by Candace Carty-Williams, a deep pink cover with the head of a black woman in profile, her face not visible, and long braids pulled up into a bun.

Readers of Colour Recommends

Readers of Colour is a thriving community of women and non-binary folks of colour who meet once a month to discuss literature, film, podcasts and more by women and non-binary creatives of colour. In this blog, members of Readers of Colour are sharing books they’ve loved and would recommend. Enjoy!

Glasgow Women's Library at 23 Landressy Street, Bridgeton

Our Phased Approach to Re-opening GWL

Since the closure of the GWL building on 19th March due to Covid-19, all GWL Staff Team members have been working from home to rethink and reshape our events and activities into digital formats, continue to support our volunteers and Adult Literacy learners, and work together as a team, with our Board of Directors, to plan as far as we can for the future.

GWL Building Sign featuring the GWL logo of a red circle with a green figure of a walking woman and an 'i' for information, beside the text Glasgow Women's Library. The sign sticks out from the blonde sandstone walls of the building, and the sky above is blue.

Our Building is Closed… But We Are Still Working!

While our building must remain closed, and we are unable to programme our usual array of innovative events, exhibitions and projects to bring to you in real life, our digital doors are open so that you can still enjoy being part of our GWL community. We are also working together as a team, with our Board of Directors, to plan as far as we can for the future, and for the time when we can welcome people back safely to our beautiful building.

Black Lives Matter

As an intersectional feminist museum, Glasgow Women’s Library works to highlight and redress structural inequalities, ensure that real lived experiences are reflected in our collections, and enact change.

We unequivocally stand in solidarity against racism, oppression and inequality.

Flup 2019 Slam poets - a group of black women photographed in front of the Flup festival logo

Flup Rio Poetry Slam  

In October of last year I was extremely lucky to be one in a small team to travel to Flup Festival of the Peripheries in Rio de Janeiro, alongside the poet Courtney Stoddart, representing Scotland in the Flup International Slam, and Tomiwa Folorunso, who was producing a series of podcasts interviewing some of the different and awe inspiring voices the festival invited to participate.

Glasgow Women's Library + FLUP: The Podcast - The Poetry Slam. (On a cream background in bold text, with the GWL and FLUP logos and a stylised image of a red bird)

GWL + FLUP: The Poetry Slam Podcast

The poetry slam at FLUP feels like the heart of the festival. In this final episode of Glasgow Women’s Library and FLUP the podcast, Tomiwa Folorunso finds sits down with one of the founders of FLUP, Julio Ludemir and some of the poetry slammers to find out more about this special event.

Glasgow Women's Library + FLUP: The Podcast - w Funmilola Fagbamila. (On a cream background in bold text, with the GWL and FLUP logos and a stylised image of a red bird)

GWL + FLUP: The Podcast with Funmilola Fagbamila

In this second episode of Glasgow Women’s Library and FLUP the podcast, Tomiwa Folorunso sits down with Funmilola Fagbamila, the Nigerian-American activist, playwright, author and scholar, one of the original organisers of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Google Streetview screenshot of the GWL entrance, with a sandwichboard that says 'Hello Everyone Welcome'. A streetview navigation arrow points towards the open doors.

Opening our Digital Door

While our physical doors are shut, our digital doors are well and truly open as we continue to rethink and reshape our events and activities, and inspire people through our unique collections – and so you can continue to enjoy GWL digitally and via our social media platforms.

Five Years book interior pages featuring Playworld exhibition, with a photo of a roller derby helmet covered in stickers from the NMRD collection

NMRD Object of the Month: Five Years book

The National Museum of Roller Derby is the UK’s first permanent collection of ephemera and memorabilia relating to the sport of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby. December 2019’s NMRD Object of the month is the Five Years book, featuring the Playworld exhibition which featured items from the NMRD collection.