GLASGOW’S famous Mitchell Library is set for a new chapter with a £3.4 million refurbishment now underway.
The iconic 102-year-old building – one of the largest public libraries in Europe – will benefit from a new fire alarm system along with improved lighting. A family history centre will also be created, study space will be improved, two public lifts will be upgraded and floors will be relocated and reorganised.
Due to the extensive work, sections of the library will be closed for several months.
With more than one million items of stock, the library is a central hub of information and a crucial resource for people across Scotland.
Glasgow Life, which operates the library, scheduled the work to take place in two phases to minimise disruption and ensure the library remained open.
Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said, “The fire alarm upgrade is essential for safety and to ensure we safeguard the Mitchell Library’s outstanding collections and the rich heritage of the city that is housed within the building. The huge investment will deliver improved services.”