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


At Kelvin Hall you can access digitised books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and films and more from our 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. These include maps, films, Post Office directories, and much more.
We hold newspaper archives which give you the chance to search for past news stories or obituaries relating to members of your family.


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
How to get here
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