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Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) is the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending library, archive collections and innovative programmes of public events and learning opportunities.
GWL has been providing information, resources and services since 1991. It developed from a community organisation of artists, activists, academics and students called Women in Profile, which was set up in 1987 with the aim of ensuring the representation of women’s culture during Glasgow’s year as the European City of Culture in 1990.
The library’s important collection of books, magazines, journals and ephemera has been largely donated by people from all sections of the community. It includes some of the most significant LGBTQ+ historical collections in the UK, such as the Lesbian Archive and Information Centre collection, with material spanning from the 1920s to the present day.
Since its founding, GWL has occupied several temporary spaces across Glasgow. In 2013, it relocated to a new permanent home in a former public library in Bridgeton, and a major refurbishment project was completed in November 2015 designed by Glasgow’s Collective Architecture.