Whether you are learning about your ancestors or involved in academic or other research, we have resources to help you.

At Kelvin Hall you have access to digitised books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and films and more from our world-class collections.

You are also able to consult thousands of searchable electronic journals, articles and reference works that are not generally available to the public.

The Moving Image Archive collection holds unique and rare footage and documents, many of which can only be seen at Kelvin Hall. 

Staff are on hand to guide you and to help with enquiries.

Family history

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Family history researchers visiting Kelvin Hall can use our growing range of digital resources.

Many researchers get the information they need from records and other historical material in our collections, such as maps, films, Post Office directories, and much more.

Online newspaper archives, for instance, give you the chance to search old newspapers for past news stories or obituaries relating to members of your family.

Find out more about family history on the Library's website.


Academic research collaborations

As well as enabling academic research, we are already working with partner organisations to deliver world class research. Several collaborations are in progress, and we are keen to develop more.

Read more about academic research on the Library's website.


National Library of Scotland at Kelvin Hall

1445 Argyle St

Glasgow G3 8AW


Open Hours

  • Monday: Closed to the public
  • Tuesday: 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday: 1.30pm - 8pm
  • Thursday: 10am - 5pm
  • Friday: 10am - 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday: Closed to the public

Access Info

  • Entry: Free
  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Disabled toilet facilities: Yes
  • 1445 Argyle Street | Glasgow | G3 8AW | Scotland Entry to Kelvin Hall is Free
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