About the National Library of Scotland at Kelvin Hall
The National Library at Kelvin Hall is now closed to the public and will reopen when restrictions are lifted. We look forward to welcoming you back when it's possible to do so. Meanwhile, do view our collections on our website.
The National Library of Scotland has opened its doors for the first time in Glasgow within a transformed Kelvin Hall.
Visitors can discover the extensive digital resources that are held within the Library's world class collections. The interactive space offers visitors a unique experience to explore films, maps, books and manuscripts in electronic format, as well as being able to enjoy events and talks.
The Library's Moving Image Archive has moved to this new location to offer easier access to thousands of films and videos capturing over 100 years of Scotland's history. The film collections reflect everything from Scottish social, cultural and industrial history to examples of ordinary people at life and work in Scotland across the generations. The Moving Image Archive also preserves a range of collections relating to the history of film-making, film exhibition and cinema-going in Scotland since 1896. This includes business and private records, photographs, printed material and ephemera, which will be available for viewing and consultation.
This is just the start. Items that tell the story of Scotland and offer insight into the wider world are continually added to the collection at the Kelvin Hall. It will be a treasure trove of knowledge and information for the people of Glasgow that will constantly grow and improve.
Kelvin Hall history
One of Glasgow's most iconic buildings, Kelvin Hall opened as an exhibitions centre in 1927. Throughout the 20th century, the building hosted circuses, musical events, sports, and the Glasgow Museum of Transport.
The National Library of Scotland's collections contain a number of items relating to the history of Kelvin Hall, including:
- A map of Glasgow showing the Kelvin Hall site, 1912
- Film of acrobats in the circus at Kelvin Hall, 1969
- Footage from Kelvin Hall exhibitions and events throughout the 20th century
- Details of books about the building's past, searchable with the keywords 'kelvin hall' on the Library's main catalogue.