Kelvin Hall

Kelvin Hall is an iconic building in Glasgow's West End. In 2016 the building was reopened in a partnership between Glasgow Life, Glasgow Museums, National Library of Scotland and the University of Glasgow.

A photograph of the exterior of Kelvin Hall, taken from Dumbarton Road

Students and researchers have access to the following collections and archives at Kelvin Hall:

  • The Hunterian Collections, one of the world’s finest university collections, including art, ethnographic, scientific, archaeological, numismatic and anatomical artefacts
  • Digital collections of the National Library of Scotland
  • National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive
  • 400,000 objects from Glasgow Museums collections


The Hunterian Collections Study Centre

Over one million objects from the University’s Hunterian collections were moved to Kelvin Hall. The Collections Study Centre at Kelvin Hall includes:

  • A central collections depot
  • Object study rooms
  • Teaching labs
  • Conservation and digitisation studios

A large light room with students looking at different objects using microscopes

The Centre operates as an Object Laboratory, in which museum collections and objects are selected and delivered into purpose-designed teaching and study spaces according to academic, educational or curatorial training purposes.

Conference suite

  • Lecture theatre, seats 100 with 58 movable seats
  • Cinema, with surround sound, 3D video projector
  • Two seminar rooms

Photograph of a lecture theatre inside Kelvin Hall. There is a screen on the wall and seats facing the screen.

Study space

University of Glasgow postgraduate students on relevant courses can work in the Hunterian Reading Room. To access the Reading Room, contact Ruth Fletcher  with the following information:

  • Date and length of time required
  • If you’d prefer to use a desktop PC or laptop
  • Purpose /subject of research

The National Library of Scotland | Moving Image Archive

The Library's Moving Image Archive has moved to this new location to offer easier access to thousands of films and videos capturing over 100 years of Scotland's history.

This also provides the opportunity to engage with extensive digital resources that are held within the Library's world class collections. The interactive space offers you a unique experience to explore films, maps, books and manuscripts in electronic format.