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Mitchell Library

  • North St. Map It
  • West End
  • Library/Archive

Published 10/27/2015

Fodor's Review

The largest public reference library in Europe houses more than a million volumes, including what's claimed to be the world's largest collection about Robert Burns. A bust in the entrance hall commemorates the library's founder, Stephen Mitchell, who died in 1874. Minerva, goddess of wisdom, looks down from the library's dome, encouraging the library's users and frowning at the drivers thundering along the nearby motorway. The western facade, with its sculpted figures of Mozart, Beethoven, Michelangelo, and other artistic figures, is particularly beautiful. The on-site eatery is a good place to relax. The Aye Write Literature Festival takes place here every March, as do many other events celebrating Glasgow's history.

Sight Information


North St., Glasgow, Glasgow City, G3 7DN, Scotland

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Mon.–Thurs. 9–8, Fri. and Sat. 9–5

Published 10/27/2015


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