Libraries

Glasgow's libraries are amazing places to read, learn and discover
Find your local Glasgow library
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Our libraries are about more than books. Sure, we have shelves filled with everything from Billy Connolly’s biography to the latest Ian Rankin, Jenny Colgan and Val McDermid novels. But that’s only a small part of what we offer.

Our goal is to provide a place to relax, have fun and meet other people. We have an exciting programme of events and activities open to everyone. Not to forget free access to the internet and Wi-Fi to help you get online. Find out more 

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Join the library

Become a member today. You can use any of our Glasgow Life Libraries and our online offer.

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Temporary Library Closures on Fridays in February

Some libraries will close for a day on three Fridays in February to allow for the introduction of an updated library management system and staff training.

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Aye Write Book Club podcast

Bringing you a curated collection of fascinating conversations with a range of authors featured within the Aye Write 2023 Book Festival programme.

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How Glasgow Life Libraries can help you

The Mitchell Library

One of Europe's largest public libraries with research, archive and business facilities.

Find out more about The Mitchell Library

eLibrary

Our online library of eBooks – short for electronic books – has bestsellers, fiction and non-fiction for all ages. There is plenty of choice with more than 13,000 titles to pick from.

All eBooks can be downloaded free straight to a mobile phone, tablet or personal computer. We also offer a range of eAudiobooks.

If you don't have access to the internet at home, your local library has free Wi-Fi to help access this service. 

Borrow eight titles at a time for up to 21 days.

And it’s not just books…

If you love magazines, you can read digital copies of your favourites for free.

Choose from 3,000 titles covering TV and film, crafts, sport, home and lifestyle, celebrity, science, nature, gardening, news, and politics.

Popular options include the Radio Times, Heat, Grazia, Woman’s Own, Best and Hello!

Glasgow Libraries members can download magazines straight to your computer, mobile phone or tablet.

The best bit: there are no loan periods or limits on how many you can read each week.

Learn more about how to access digital magazines: https://libcat.csglasgow.org/web/arena/emagazines

Online library

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Local and family history

Discover your family history with Glasgow Life Libraries.

Family history at The Mitchell Library

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