The Mitchell Library is the hub of the extensive and accessible Glasgow Library system, and is host to floors and floors of genealogy records, antiquated maps of Scotland and abroad, and obviously all the books you possibly could hope for. It’s not altogether apparent from the outside how large the actual layout is, but inside you’re within a TARDIS-like wealth of space where you can always find a quiet corner to explore or sit quietly to read through your favourite novel or latest find.
For me though, the real appeal of the Mitchell Library is the building itself. It’s a great example of impressive Glasgow architecture, and an important part of the skyline without falling under the Charles Rennie mackintosh hashtag that dominates so much of Glaswegian architecture. The huge copper dome looms over you as you make your way inside the entrance hall to beautiful tiled floors, marble pillars and echoing ceilings. After dark everything is floodlit, making the whole thing twice as impressive (as if it needed to be).
You can find out what’s on at the library via the Glasgow Life website, or just take your time to wander through the archives and soak up a bit of history.