Govanhill Library

Govanhill Library

Free entry

Opening hours

Govanhill Library is currently closed for essential work. The nearest alternative libraries are Gorbals, Langside and Pollokshields. We apologise for any inconvenience.


0141 276 1550

Langside Road, Glasgow, G42 7JU

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LATEST INFORMATION: Govanhill Library is currently closed for essential work.

A £183,000 upgrade is underway at Govanhill Library. The essential work, which includes internal and external structural improvements, started on Saturday 4 June. The programme of repairs to Govanhill Library is projected to take 10 weeks. For more information, read: Govanhill Library getting essential £183,000 upgrade.

Built in 1906 as one of Glasgow's Carnegie Libraries, Govanhill Library offers a wide range of services and activities in relaxing and inspiring surroundings. With thousands of books and a programme of weekly classes and events, our friendly staff will always be on hand to help you get the most out of your visits.

The Baroque style of the library was designed by architect James R. Rhind, with columns, statues and a sandstone dome. More recently, in 2015 the Diversity Windows project created beautiful stained glass windows for the library. These windows tell the stories of the people of Govanhill in colourful artwork.

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Accessible toilets

The accessible toilet is 16m (17yd) from the main entrance, opposite the reception. 

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome. We can provide a bowl of water for an assistance dog.

Wheelchair access

Additional information

View the accessibility guide on AccessAble – the new name for DisabledGo.

Baby changing

Baby feeding

Community information

Community languages collection

Local history collection

Newspapers and magazines

Novels and factual books


This venue does not have its own car park.


Photography and video recording

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

Study spaces

Free wifi

The statues on the roof of Govanhill Library show a woman reading to children and are intended to represent knowledge.

If you're affected by cancer you may want to know there's someone you can turn to for help. Someone who can help find answers to your questions, whatever they may be. The Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries information point can help you find information you need on living with all aspects of cancer as well as signposting you to the nearest support and information service.

Find out more about Glasgow Libraries' partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support.

Location Map


Govanhill Library

Langside Road, Glasgow, G42 7JU

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What's on at Govanhill Library

Govanhill Open Award Centre
The Friday Club
Digi-PALS at Library of Govanhill