Contact us

If possible, please contact us by email:

For general enquiries about our collections, please provide the following information to help us answer your enquiry:

  • Your name, email address, telephone number, postal address
  • The name of the collection / item you are interested in and its reference number / shelfmark
  • Full details of your enquiry
  • The reason for your enquiry (e.g. academic study, personal research, or work-related research)

If you are interested in an ancestor who attended the University of Glasgow, please see the further guidance on making an ancestor enquiry


If you need to contact us by phone, you can leave a message on the following number:

Phone: +44 (0) 141 330 6767


Please address any postal enquiry to:

Archives & Special Collections, University of Glasgow, Library, Hillhead Street, Glasgow, G12 8QE. 

University of Glasgow Ancestor Enquiry

We are happy to undertake a search for ancestors you think may have been students at the University of Glasgow. We will respond confirming their years of study and any qualifications your ancestor received, or telling you that we have no record of your ancestor.

If we have been able to find your ancestor, you are welcome to visit our reading room to see the records in person.  We may also offer you the opportunity to commission us to do some follow-up research.

You can search for details of graduates of the University up to 1921 through the University of Glasgow Story free of charge.  If your ancestor attended the University during this period, please search this site.

To enquire about your ancestor, we kindly ask that you contact us by email:  Please provide as much of the following information as you can, to help us search our records and distinguish between former students of the same name:

  • Your name, email address, telephone number, postal address
  • Your relationship to your ancestor (for example: great-great-grandchild)
  • Ancestor's name
  • Ancestor's life dates (for example: year born and/or died, or if not known an approximation – decade/century)
  • Ancestor's place of birth (for example: a village/town/city, county/state, or country)
  • Years attended as a student (for example: 1855–1857, or an approximation, 1850s)
  • Ancestor's Father's name
  • The subjects they studied
  • Ancestor's subsequent career