A guide to Special Collections held at the Mitchell Library
About the City Archives
The City Archives are housed in the Mitchell Library and include the official records of various local authorities as well as a large number of private archive collections.
Planning your visit to Glasgow Archives
Browse our Frequently Asked Questions ahead of your visit.
If you still can't find what you're looking for please get in touch, you can either phone 0141 287 2910 or send us an email.
Yes, please book at least one week in advance. Appointments are on Tuesday to Thursday from 10am - 4pm, and on the first Saturday each month, at 10am to 4pm.
To book an appointment, please complete the Archives Appointment Booking Form
at Archives Appointment Booking Form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your appointment will be confirmed by email. Please bring your confirmation email along with you on the day.
Customers can request up to six items in advance of an Archives session. Materials are only available for use during your appointment.
You will be assigned a table and your order will be placed there in advance of your arrival.
You will be sent Reader’s Registration form in advance of your visit. You can either email this form in advance to email@example.com or bring it with you on the day.
You will be advised in advance of any conditions for accessing materials.
School records, admission registers and log books (from 30 to 75 years)
Poor Law applications (75 years for adults, 100 years for children)
Police personnel records (75 years)
Adoption or looked-after children records (100 years)
Requests to access adoption records should be directed to Families for Children, Social Work Services, Glasgow City Council.
The owner or depositor has expressed a definite wish that they are held in Glasgow
The items are an integral part of an existing collection
Are of regional or national significance and Glasgow is as natural a location for them as any other
Visit our guide for a broad overview of some of our main collections.
A one-stop shop for online and in-person resources for the family historian.
View our policies associated with the preservation and management of all records.