Glasgow Life - the Mitchell Library

About this Organisation

The Special Collections department is part of The Mitchell Library’s Family History Centre.

We work with partners - Glasgow City Council’s Registrars Genealogy Service and Glasgow City Archives – to deliver cohesive, comprehensive and high-quality local and family history services for the West of Scotland. Each partner retains its distinct identity and role, while aiming for the ‘best fit’ for customers. Our shared location improves customers’ access to resources, sustaining momentum for individuals carrying out prolonged research.

Organisation Type

Historic Building Library or Archive
Newspaper Library or Archive
Public Library or Archive


Mitchell Library
201 North Street
G3 7DN
Entry last updated: March 21st, 2019

Resources Available

Title Description Type
Glasgow Collection

The Glasgow Collection was one of the very first 'special collections' to be formed when The Mitchell Library opened in 1877, the idea being to preserve all material relating to the history, life and people of the city of Glasgow. This unique collection holds a variety of material - for example, books, maps, plans, directories, newspapers, photographs, pamphlets, Valuation and Voters' Rolls, ... read more

Primary, Secondary, Images/Photographs, Maps, Newspaper, Catalogued
Family History at the Mitchell

Family History resources at the Mitchell Library are made up of records from the Glasgow City Archives, the Registrars' Genealogy Service, the library's Special Collections and the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives. The Family History at the Mitchell website can help you discover and learn information and skills to help you trace your family history:
- if you're a novice, learn how ... read more

Primary, Secondary, Online/Digitised, Images/Photographs, Maps, Newspaper, Catalogued, Meetings/Events
Mitchell Library - Special Collections

The Mitchell Library has a number of Special Collections that have been acquired through purchase, donation or bequest since it opened in 1877. These are unique or valuable or reflect their social, cultural and/or historical significance, and include material relating to Glasgow, early printed books, manuscripts; photographs, chapbooks, miniature books, Private Press books, Scottish Poetry ... read more

Primary, Secondary, Online/Digitised, Images/Photographs, Maps, Newspaper, Catalogued

Please note that links to websites and catalogues are provided by the Organisations listed and not maintained by Scottish Local History Forum.