Saturday, 9 November 2013

Glasgow's Mitchell Library to be refurbished

Glasgow's Mitchell Library, which not only hosts the library but also Glasgow City Archives, is about to be refurbished with a £3.4m upgrade, with work commencing next Thursday 14th November.

As well as improvements to its fire detection and lighting set-ups, and new lifts, there will also be a new and improved family history centre. I recently spoke to archivist Irene O'Brien, and she told me that the plan was for the current Glasgow Genealogy Centre (which has access to ScotlandsPeople), the library's own genealogy facility and the archive (as well as the local health archive) to all be located on the same floor.

There will inevitably be some disruption as work continues, most notably with the closure of levels four and five until March 2014, though facilities currently available there can be requested for consultation.

The Herald newspaper has more on the upgrade at


My latest book, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, is now available from (print) and (ebook), whilst Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available at My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, starts Nov 13th - see

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