Since its founding in 1991, Glasgow Women’s Library has been based in a number of locations including Garnethill, Trongate and, for several years prior to our last move, in temporary premises including the Mitchell Library.
We moved into our permanent premises in 2013 and are now the sole occupants of a Grade B Listed Carnegie Library. We recently completed a major £1.4 million renovation project to transform the building, creating dedicated archive and museum stores, several new learning and events zones, gallery spaces and a mezzanine floor. We also invested in the building to ensure that accessibility was improved.
GWL hosts hundreds of events each year, from small meetings and one-to-one learning sessions to live music events and international conferences. We pride ourselves on our warm welcome and this extends to all of the events that take place within our building. In October 2016, GWL was awarded Venue of the Year at The Icon Awards. These Awards, founded in 2015, recognise organisations and individuals across Scotland that excel in the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion.
Hosting your event at GWL
We have three main spaces available for hire in our building – – the Events Space, the Community Room and The Lending Library. All our spaces are accessible with level access from the street, lifts to our upper levels and induction loops that can be set up in each area. Our prices start from £30 per hour and we can offer tours of the library and an introduction to the organisation as part of your hire. We also offer lunch catering and teas, coffees and biscuits at extremely competitive rates. The money we make from our venue hires goes back into the organisation and to keep GWL running and developing.
We are open from 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, until 7.30pm on Thursday, and 12pm to 4pm on Saturday. We can sometimes offer additional access depending upon staff availability at an additional cost. Please note, spaces are not available to hire on Mondays due to library activity.
Main Events Space
The revamp of our Events Space was completed in November 2015 as part of the major refurbishment project. Formerly the ‘Gentlemen’s Reading Room’, we are delighted to now have a purpose built space for conferences, workshops, exhibitions and more.
The Event Space seats up to 100 theatre style, or 60-70 cabaret style, and takes up to 150 standing.
The Lending Library
The Lending Library is a central hub of activity within the building and is open to the public during our opening hours. The space can accommodate up to 30 theatre style, and up to 60 for standing events, but events for over 60 people may be better suited to the events space. This space if often used as a break out space for events taking place in the Main Events Space. See below re meeting spaces.
The Community Room is situated on the first floor of the building. It has a capacity of 50 theatre style, 30 cabaret style and 20 meeting style. The room is fully accessible via a newly constructed passenger lift, and has an accessible toilet on the same floor.
As well as our Community Room, we have alternative spaces that can be booked for meetings. These include our mezzanine level and areas within the lending library. Prices for booking out these spaces for groups are available on request. These can accommodate around 15 guests.
- Level access from the street.
- One fully accessible WC on the ground floor with grab rails/alarm (but no power assisted doors).
- One fully accessible WC on the first floor (again no power assisted doors)
- Passenger lift to the first floor
- Platform lift to the mezzanine level
- Baby changing unit on the ground floor
- Induction loop fitted in the main events space
- Portable induction loop that can be set up elsewhere in the building.
Booking your event at GWL
For all venue and space hire bookings please contact Rosie O’Grady, Facilities Management Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For enquiries related to including your event in the GWL programme, please take a look at our Working with GWL criteria.
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Prices for booking our mezzanine and lending library meeting spaces for groups are available on request.
Costs can be amended for non-profit or community groups at GWL’s discretion.
Please note the costs provided above are a guide, and may be subject to change dependent on the numbers, complexity of event set up or if the event falls out of hours.
Tea/Coffee/Biscuits: We provide this in-house at the cost of £1 per head per round.
We use a local caterer for any events requiring lunches or further catering. Depending on the order, lunch typically costs up to £6 per head. We can provide further details on menu options on request.
Please alert us as soon as possible if you no longer require your booking. We require notice of at least one week for cancellation of a Community Room booking, and a fortnight for cancellation of an Events Space booking. If you make a cancellation at short notice, we charge a cancellation fee of 25% of the total room hire charge.