Mitchell Library

Beyond the Bassline

Beyond the Bassline
Free - Drop-in - no ticket required
Dates and times
1st May - 25th Aug 2024
9:00AM - 9:00AM
All ages

Inspired by the British Library’s new Beyond the Bassline exhibition, Mitchell Library will host a free panel display to help tell a national story about Black music in Britain through the Living Knowledge Network. 

The panel display at the Mitchell Library documents 500 years of Black music in Britain and explores the people, places and genres that have formed a British soundtrack. It highlights music as a form of entertainment and vehicle for community, as well as a source of liberation, protest and education, and spotlights clubs, carnivals and community hubs from across the country that have cultivated creative expression and inspired a number of Black British music genres.


Augmented by Mitchell Library’s own collection, regional connections and Glasgow’s local music scene, the Beyond the Bassline display and events programme helps to tell a national story about Black music in Britain. Music has been collected in the Mitchell Library since it was founded and  items on display include music periodicals and newspaper articles about Rock Against Racism

We would be delighted to hear from people about the gigs and influence Black music has had on them and the city.

Accessibility guides

Read the accessibility guide for The Mitchell Library on AccessAble

Read our autism-friendly guide to the Mitchell Library

We also have a supply of books in Braille, large print and audio.

Accessible toilets

This accessible toilet is approximately 26m (28yd 1ft) from the main entrance. This accessible toilet is located to the rear right as you enter.

Assistance dogs

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome and a bowl of water can be provided. 

Hearing loop

There is a fixed loop hearing assistance system.

This venue does not play background music.

Wheelchair access

There is a wheelchair to borrow. To borrow the wheelchair, please contact a member of staff.

Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Baby changing

Baby feeding

Cafe or restaurant

The Café is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 4.15pm.

Click here to see the Café menu 


Please note that there is on-street surrounding The Mitchell Library, from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday this is metered. As this is also a local residential area, please use these spaces considerately. Alternatively, there is an a NCP Car Park on India Street next to Charing Cross Train Station which is a 2 minute walk away. 

Photography and video recording

On occasion, Glasgow Life will be on the premises to film and take photos. 

Study spaces

Study spaces can be booked by calling 0141 287 7655. Click here for further information.

Free wifi

We provide free WIFI access and further access to over 50 PCs for public use

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