Glasgow’s Mitchell Library is apparently the largest public reference library in Europe. The neoclassical building, designed by William B Whitie, contains over two million books and 13 floors of reading rooms. This year marks the 100th anniversary of its presence at Charing Cross.
The Mitchell Library is to open an exhibition in celebration of its 100 years at the Charing Cross site. It was founded by Stephen Mitchell, who was born in Linlithgow in 1789 and took over the family’s tobacco business in 1820.
Mitchell never married and left his vast fortune entirely to the Corporation of Glasgow.
Tenders were invited for the proposed refurbishment of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow in Apr 2005. The project has an estimated value of under £2m. The Client is Glasgow City Council.
The Mitchell Library contains the Glasgow City Archives and is one of the largest public reference libraries in Europe. It contains the Glasgow Room and online the Mitchell Library has available many images of Glasgow streets and buildings.
Nearest Underground to the Mitchell Library: St George's Cross
Sculptors: Johan Keller (1863-1944)
Thomas John Clapperton (1879-1962)
William Vickers (1892-1940)
Architect: William B Whitie (d.1946)
Mitchell Library Glasgow - fax: 0141 287 2815
Mitchell Library, North Street
31 Mar 2006
Library Landmark Lights up
Councillor Steven Purcell, Leader of Glasgow City Council, will on Friday March 31, officially switch on the new lights on the world-famous building.
The Mitchell Library was one of the first buildings to be lit in Glasgow, sparking intense interest in lighting during the early 1990's. Today, using state of the art technology, new lighting has been designed that will specifically enhance the library's unique and outstanding features.
The event takes place ahead of the publication - Glasgow City of Light - going on sale. The book showcases the many projects lit up by the Council as part of its lighting strategy including the City Chambers, Crookston Castle, Glasgow Necropolis and George V Bridge.
Councillor Purcell, along with Bailie Allan Stewart, Convener of the Council's Lighting Strategy, will officially switch on the new Mitchell Library lights. Joining them will be representatives from iGuzzini, sponsors of the project, and the lighting designers, Lightfolio.