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Special Collections
Level 5, Mitchell Library
North Street

Glasgow, G3 7DN

Phone: 0141 287 2988

How to find items in our Collections How to find items in our Collections
There are a number of ways you can access material from Special Collections.


  • Some Collections have downloadable lists for browsing e.g. PDF, Excel. If a Collection has an online finding aid it will be available via the Collections A-Z.


  • Print, card or fiche indexes - available to consult in the Libraryand staff in the department will be happy to help. Some examples of print-based catalogues: 
  • Catalogue of Manuscripts
  • Newspapers and Periodicals Catalogue (also available on Levels 3 & 4)
  • Scottish Poetry Catalogue 
  • Index to Early Glasgow Views
  • Early Glasgow Printing 
  • North British Locomotive Collection
  • Robert Jeffrey Library Catalogue 
  • Robert Burns Catalogue (books 1976 onward are in online catalogue)
  • Thomas Lipton Collection
  • Harry McShane Collection
  • Glasgow Newspapers
  • Guy Aldred Collection
Access Access

Special Collections is open to all and, although appointments are not usually required, it can be helpful to contact us in advance, particularly if travelling from a distance. Proof of ID is required; this should display your name, home address (not university or college) and signature. Customers may be asked for photo ID for some items.

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