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The Mitchell Library

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The Mitchell Library

Opening hours

Day Opens Closes
Mon 9:00am - 8:00pm
Tue 9:00am - 8:00pm
Wed 9:00am - 8:00pm
Thu 9:00am - 8:00pm
Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sun Closed


0141 287 2999

North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN

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With its distinctive copper dome, The Mitchell Library is one of Glasgow’s most famous landmarks and is one of Europe’s most prestigious libraries.

Use the community library to borrow books, magazines, comics and more. 

Explore five floors of books, photographs, exhibitions and displays or just soak up the atmosphere and find a place to curl up with a book and a coffee. 

The Mitchell Library is the hub of a citywide information service and staff are on-hand to help with all kinds of information and research. Discover more about its services below. 

Business and Intellectual Property Centre Glasgow 

If you’re an entrepreneur or Glasgow-based business then the Business & Intellectual Property team can offer free business resources including detailed financial information, start-up resources, market research and intellectual property advice.

Glasgow City Archives - Your Archives , Your History and Your Stories 

For 800 years the Keepers of the Glasgow City Archives have preserved the City’s Archives, maintaining the official memory and evidence of the City’s history. Housed in the Mitchell Library, the Archive Collections contain a range of archives to tell the story of the people, places and buildings of Glasgow, the west of Scotland and across the nation.

Family History at The Mitchell

The Mitchell is the one-stop shop for the family historian enabling you to research your ancestors from cradle to grave and everything in between. It houses all the major resources to help you trace your Family History in Glasgow and throughout Scotland. There you can also discover and share in the stories of long gone ancestors, walk in their steps, and feel part of their everyday life.

Visit our online shop.

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Accessible toilets

Baby changing

Baby feeding

Guidedog friendly

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

Hearing loop


Please note that there is on-street metered car parking surrounding The Mitchell Library. 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, filming and photography may take place in the venue.

Additional information

Click here to view our autism-friendly guide to the Mitchell Library.

View the accessibility guide here on AccessAble - the new name for DisabledGo.


Our Café Bar is a light, modern, welcoming space situated on the ground floor of The Mitchell Library. Find out more and view our menu. 

Community information

Community languages collection

Local history collection

Explore Glasgow's rich and fascinating history through the public records in the City Archives. 

Learn more about your local family history and research your family tree at


Newspapers and magazines

Novels and factual books


Photocopying and reproduction are both available at The Mitchell Library


Study spaces

 Baillie’s Reading Room on level 2 of The Mitchell Library is an ideal Study Space

Free wifi

We provide free WIFI access and further access to over 50 PC's for public use

Find out all the information about whats on at the Mitchell

View our Mitchell Library events feed here

Download our February & March Event Guide


Glasgow Libraries are working with Macmillan Cancer Support to provide Macmillan Cancer Information & Support ​Services in your community.​ 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. ​​

There is a drop in session at Mitchell Library every Tuesday at 12 - 4pm.

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

A range of free and accredited digital skills courses designed to suit you. From the basics to help get you back in to work to coding for a career boost, Codeworks is learning that fits your lifestyle. View our courses and session times.


The Mitchell Library

North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN

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