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Glasgow, University Avenue, University Of Glasgow, Library

Library (20th Century)

Site Name Glasgow, University Avenue, University Of Glasgow, Library

Classification Library (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Glasgow University Library; Gul

Canmore ID 147392

Site Number NS56NE 962

NGR NS 5688 6682

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Glasgow, City Of
  • Parish Govan (City Of Glasgow)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District City Of Glasgow
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Architecture Notes

ARCHITECT: William Whitfield 1965-81

Roof extension to accommodate Special Collections department added by Holmes Partnership, May 1997. New ground floor entrance completed February 1998.

RIAS 1998


Publication Account (1997)

A Kahn-like reversal of the 'service core' principle inspired this densely clustere, castle-like outcrop, which crowns the skyline of the University's Hillhead extension area. Variegated concrete service towers congregate around the outside of the building, leaving internal areas exceptionally uncluttered. The low, massive Art Gallery, incorporating a reconstruction of Mackintosh's demolished house, was added later at the foot of the library wing. (Fig. 4.52).

Information from 'Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75', (1997).

Desk Based Assessment (28 June 2011)

A desk based assessment of this building was made by RCAHMS Threatened Building Survey following a consent/planning application for alteration works at the site being submitted to the local authority.

A request for RCAHMS to carry out a non-statutory survey of the site was made via letter.

Planning Application ref – 11/01378/DC


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