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Mitchell Library reopens to the public after lockdown closure

Customers can borrow books and return overdue books without having to pay a fine.

Glasgow’s historic Mitchell Library is welcoming back the public for the first time in seven months.

Staff will open the doors to the famous building on Tuesday.

Customers will be able to borrow books from the Granville Street area of the library.

Principal librarian Dawn Vallance is getting ready to welcome customers. Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group.
Principal librarian Dawn Vallance is getting ready to welcome customers. Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group.

Research visits to Special Collections, Archives, General Services and the Business and Intellectual Property (IP) Centre are available through free, pre-booked appointments.

PC access and study space will also be available to book in advance, free of charge.

Glasgow Life is the charity that delivers Culture, Sport and Learning in the city and runs the city’s libraries.

Book quarantine

A new booking system has been introduced as part of a range of hygiene measures.

One-way systems, book quarantine and reduced visitor numbers will help maintain safety.

The Mitchell Library is the eleventh library to re-open to the public since the lockdown prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Principal librarian Dawn Vallance prepares the public areas. Photo: Mark Scates / SNS Group
Principal librarian Dawn Vallance prepares the public areas. Photo: Mark Scates / SNS Group

Glasgow Life has also reopened three museums and seven Glasgow Club venues. 

Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor David McDonald said: “The people of Glasgow have been engaging with our library offer in different ways over the past seven months, with thousands of people engaging with the wide-range of services available online. 

“More than 5,000 new members have joined Glasgow Libraries since the beginning of spring, and we know that many residents, communities and businesses alike have been eagerly anticipating the re-opening of the Mitchell.

The people of Glasgow have been engaging with our library offer in different ways over the past seven months, with thousands of people engaging with the wide-range of services available online

Cllr David McDonald

“This iconic building is important to the people of our city, and we recognise that many people not only enjoy but also rely on the library offer. 

“I would like to welcome people back to the Mitchell Library, and remind customers that visits may look a little different as we work to ensure that the facility is safe for our staff and visitors in the weeks and months ahead.”

The charity continues to work with Glasgow City Council to review and prioritise when and where further venues and services can restart.

Councillor David McDonald at the Mitchell Library. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)
Councillor David McDonald at the Mitchell Library. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)

There is no need to book an appointment to borrow a book from the Granville Street area of The Mitchell.

However people may need to queue due to restricted numbers. 

People people can return overdue books without fear of fines - as these are being waived until December 2020.

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