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Collecting in the Time of Coronavirus

1st September, 2020 - 17th December, 2020

A selection of the materials gifted to GWL during the COVID-19 lockdown including a face mask and a black Rockin Rollers t-shirt.

Ease yourself back into Library life with a look at our lockdown acquisitions.

Collecting in the Time of Coronavirus, Tuesday 1st September to Thursday 17th December, visit during GWL opening hours


Like so many others, the Glasgow Women’s Library team has been working from home since March but our museum and archive collections have continued to grow. During the COVID-19 lockdown we were contacted by first-time donors and long-time champions keen to share and preserve a part of their personal histories during this momentous period.

A selection of the materials gifted to GWL during the COVID-19 lockdown including a face mask and a black Rockin Rollers t-shirt.
Lockdown donations. Credit: Becca Lewis

But what shapes our collections? Why do people choose to gift materials to us? What can we learn from the stories behind the artefacts? How has the pandemic impacted our donors? And why do we feel it’s critical to collect women’s accounts at this time?

From handmade masks, feminist perfumes and Roller Derby t-shirts to items supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, discover how gifts from donors in the time of Coronavirus have helped us develop our unique collections and document the diverse perspectives of women across Scotland and beyond.

Some of the material donated, and the stories behind them, can be explored in our online exhibition.


This exhibition is free to attend and there is no need to book. Our opening hours throughout September and October 2020 will be:

Tuesday: 11am-4pm
Wednesday: 11am-4pm
Thursday: 2pm-7pm
Friday: 11am-4pm
ClosedSaturday, Sunday and Monday

You can find directions on our ‘Where to Find Us’ section of the website.


Glasgow Women’s Library is taking a phased reopening from Tuesday 1st September. 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. Please find our Covid-related FAQs here, and please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Glasgow Women’s Library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the Mezzanine Floor. We have accessible toilets and all the bathrooms are individual closed stalls and are gender neutral. Our larger Events Space is fitted with an induction loop. A portable induction loop is also available. For paid events free companion tickets are available.

Find more information on Accessibility at GWL or contact us and we will be very happy to offer assistance.



1st September, 2020
17th December, 2020
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Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267
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Glasgow Women’s Library
23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
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0141 550 2267