25 Years of GWL

As we celebrate 25 years of Glasgow Women’s Library, the GWL team shares their experiences of the Library and favourite items from our museum, archive and library collections.

Helen Crawfurd: Activist in the Archives

In our latest 25th birthday blog, GWL archivist Nicola talks about one of her favourite items from our collections.

Feminist Revolutions by Redstockings

Sisterhood is Powerful!

Women were important and purposeful here, “Sisterhood is Powerful” rang in my thoughts. And that same spirit continues today, 25 years since GWL’s inception.

A small selection of girl's annuals from the archive

From hockey sticks to Cathy and Claire

I started working at Glasgow Women’s library in 2009 as the national lifelong learning development worker. I’ve always felt GWL is a place where everyone and everything is cherished – library users, learners, staff, volunteers as well as the books, stories, artefacts and histories of women we have in our archive. I’ve felt able to […]

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston (cover)

Heroines in the bookstacks

I started working at GWL in 2005, as their first ever paid Librarian. As well as being somewhat daunting (yikes! what a responsibility!), it was a dream come true: to open up a treasure trove of books to women from all walks of life. Working in a library of donated books is something special. It’s […]

GWL Building Sign

Glasgow Women’s Library named Venue of the Year

Glasgow Women’s Library was this week awarded Venue of the Year at The Icon Awards. The Awards, founded in 2015, highlight some of Scotland’s worthiest individuals, organisations and companies striving for equality and diversity. Venue of the Year was a hotly contested category which saw GWL claim victory over 9 other prestigious organisations. This award comes […]

Finding a Language at GWL . . .

It was International Women’s Day 2013 when I walked (nervously, I’ll admit) into Glasgow Women’s Library for the first time. I had come to listen to Scottish poet Jackie Kay reading some of her excellent work about the lives of asylum seeker women in Glasgow. That day, I realised that I had something to offer – […]

#GWL25 Gets Animated

Katie Lundie, one of our talented volunteers, made a special animation to celebrate our 25th birthday. Watch the final video in this blog post.

Why I totally love GWL

As GWL turns 25, staff and volunteers will be sharing our memories, favourite items and stories. Gabrielle is our Volunteer Coordinator and wants to share some of the things she loves most about the library.

Books of women's songs from the GWL collection

Solidarity, sisterhood and song – my first two years at GWL

I was hiding in a toilet in Castlemilk when I got a phone call from GWL’s Adele Partick, telling me I’d got a job. Adele was so nice I assumed I had been unsuccessful – but it seemed I really was going to be paid to host discussions about sex. Such overwhelming kindness, pioneering projects, and bold, unapologetic hilarity have become hallmarks of my time at GWL.