The Literature Centre,
Level 3, The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN
0141 287 2944
Fax: 0141 287 2815


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From novels to poetry, drama to short stories, quotations to criticism, the Literature Centre at The Mitchell Library has a wealth of literary resources.

Located on Level 3, this dedicated area is ideal for anyone studying literature and writing, whether at school, college or for personal interest. You'll find literary criticism, biographies, diaries, letters and primary texts by literary figures spanning six centuries. The reference collection includes dictionaries, thesauri and advice for writers.

Scottish Literature is especially well-represented and the Literature Centre is home to our Scottish Contemporary Literary Criticism collection . This excellent resource contains cuttings of interviews, articles and reviews on contemporary Scottish authors that you may find difficult to source elsewhere.

The Centre is particularly useful for students taking Advanced Higher English and we are happy to arrange group visits to show students how to make the most of our resources.

The material in the Literature Centre is mostly for reference only. We do, however, have a growing collection of classic fiction that is available to borrow from the library or request using our online catalogue​ 

Private study carrels are available to hire and there is a small group discussion space in the foyer.

For more information or to arrange a group visit, please contact us.


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