Mitchell Library
Mitchell Library
4.5
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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averyglenthorne
London, UK87 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We visited in May 2022 and were expecting a fine building and an older traditional library so were disappointed. Tourist guide books talk the library up as a tourist attraction but we did not find this. As a working city library it is probably fine and useful - we note other reviews commending its archives - but it is only a larger version of most competent local authority libraries.
Written 29 May 2022
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wlaurence98
Glasgow, UK108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
Librarians are extremely nice and helpful. If you are needing to study and need resources this is the place to go!
Written 13 April 2019
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Barbara M
Glasgow, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Had a free guided tour here today.. Well worth the visit. 😃 It was great to see behind d the scenes. The guide was very informative. Most enjoyable.
Written 17 July 2018
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jakinoz
Gold Coast, Australia50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Solo
During a visit to Scotland used the opportunity to spend a couple of days researching the Scottish side of my family tree. The family history room on the 5th level offer a full day of searching using the Scotland's People site for £15 from 9am till 4pm. Print outs of certificates cost 50p each. Well worth the money. Cafe on the ground floor for speedy lunch if you can drag yourself away from searching! Beautiful library and building.
Written 6 March 2015
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VisitDontVisit
Oban, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Business
I have used the 4th and 5th floors of this "Library" on a number of occasions. The staff on the 4th floor (and 5th) are awful. They are always angry and unhelpful. Are these people qualified librarians? I can't believe that they are!

I found the atmosphere to be bad, like a halfway house or down and out's hostel. Also, it was freezing on the 4th floor, with people wandering around (in the "library / reading areas") talking loudly to each other and / or on their mobile phones.

The (gents) toilets were out of order on the 4th floor, and 5th, and ground floor (both of them)! And, the cubicle light in the toilet on the 3rd floor was broken (dark), and there was no toilet paper. What a place! Not to mention the massive hole in the ceiling above the urinals. Are you kidding? Are they running this building down before closing it or something?

Yeah, the cafe is nice, and the staff on level 2 and 3 are okay, but the rest of the place is awful, truly awful.
Written 29 June 2013
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99rainraingoaway
Glasgow, UK85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
As I live in the city, I thought it was time to visit the Mitchell and actually see what was there, beyond the books. Sylvia took the small group round the buildings through the ages and pointed to so many interesting aspects - architectural features, book stock, current provision, computers, community services and history. I particularly liked the variety of bright carpets on the different floors and the glass ceilings. Definitely worth booking - it’s free - whether local or visiting. It has inspired me to use the library more!
Written 19 November 2019
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Christine R
Welwyn Garden City, UK949 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Spent a couple of hours in this lovely beautiful building talking to the very helpful ladies in the family history section. We found out so much! They even let us look at some rare and valuable books written by an ancestor!
Written 1 September 2018
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deniselouise
Philadelphia, PA33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
A beautiful building all on its own! This library houses the Glasgow City Archives. Do your research before you go - they can only find documents if you already know what you're asking for. Using the Family History center requires a reservation and will cost 15 pounds for access to all of their records (through Scotland's People). The cafe offers a variety of food, deserts, and drinks at a reasonable price. Great gift shop.
Written 2 August 2018
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Mary M
Cape Town, South Africa19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
Interesting building inside and out. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Well worth a visit. Check out the what's on pamphlets.
Written 18 June 2018
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The_Family_Hen
Manchester, UK135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
This is a beautiful building that can be easy to miss if you’re passing through Glasgow. I was surprised to learn that this was the largest research library in Europe. It houses the usual variety of library facilities including a good sized café and gift shop. When I attended there were some evening talks conducted in the central area and a Harry Potter exhibition.

My overwhelming feeling within the building was of relaxation. It is not overly fussy but rather warm and welcoming. The staff were really helpful and knowledgable. It is definitely a space I will return to to spend a relaxing few hours browsing.
Written 28 December 2017
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