Opening hours and admission

Our reading rooms are now closed, but we are happy to help with enquiries by email. Contact us on and we will do our best to help. For service updates visit our Archives & Special Collections web page or follow us on Twitter @UofGlasgowASC

Service alerts

Occasionally service hours can change at short notice.

Planned alterations - these are days on which we will not be available to answer enquiries:

  • Thursday 9th April: closed (University holiday)
  • Friday 10th April: closed (public holiday)
  • Monday 13th April: closed (public holiday)
  • Tuesday 14th April: closed (University holiday)
  • Friday 8th May: closed (public holiday)
  • Monday 25th May: closed (public holiday)


Visiting Archive Services

Admission is free to all: every member of the University, visiting researchers and members of the public are welcome to use the collections. We suggest that you download our Visitor Pack ‌‎which will help you to prepare for your visit and includes a version of the campus map specifically indicating the locations of our buildings.

Appointments are strongly advised, and are essential for using the ground–level searchroom.

Order slip collection times are currently 9.45am (Monday-Thursday), 10.15am, 11am, 11.30am, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm and 4pm.

If you make an appointment, we may be able to have items ready for you when you arrive.

Documents must be returned at least 15 mins before closing time.

Opening times

Monday: 09.30 - 17.00
Tuesday: 09.30 - 17.00
Wednesday: 09.30 - 17.00
Thursday: 09.30 - 17.00
Friday: 10.00 - 17.00


We operate two searchrooms.  Our main searchroom is on the 2nd floor of our building at 13 Thurso Street, up 4 flights of stairs (43 steps). There is level access throughout the 2nd floor, and 2 toilets off the tea-room. We also operate a ground-level search room in our Dumbarton Road building, with 2 toilets and an accessible toilet facility close to the searchroom.

Further information about accessing our buildings is available in our accessibility section.

While our searchroom service is provided free of charge, the University is grateful for donations to help maintain and preserve the collections. Donations can be made in cash or by cheque in the searchroom, or you can use our secure online donation form.