Library Research Annexe

Location: Unit 8, The Point, 29 Saracen Street, Glasgow G22 5HT (see below for map and directions)

Contact: or 0141 332 9129

Opening Hours: We are open to visitors on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am - 4pm

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COVID-19 update: Some items are not available for loan due to their age and/or condition and are designated ‘For Consultation Only’ (FCO). These items can be consulted in person at the Research Annexe by making an appointment with us.
In the past we would also be able to send FCO items to the Special Collections Department on level 12 of the main library for reader consultation at the main campus. Unfortunately this service has been paused due to level 12 operating at a reduced capacity for readers in order to maintain appropriate physical distancing, and so consultation is available at the Annexe only. Alternatively you can book a virtual consultation appointment to view the item via Zoom.

The Library Research Annexe (LRA) contains important research material not in high demand. The collection holds runs of older journals and books as well as other materials including Parliamentary papers, microfilms and newspapers. The LRA plays a vital role in storing valuable research material in a safe and secure environment. It has excellent on-site consultation facilities and parking for visitors.

When you conduct a Library Search you may find items located in the LRA. If you would like to borrow the items you need to submit a request form . There is also a link to this form in your search results. The requested items will then be sent to the Main Library for collection from the level 3 hold shelf.

Reader requested LRA material is delivered to the Main Library once per week, on Fridays. Material requested after 10am on a Friday will be included in the delivery on the subsequent Friday. Some items are not available for loan and are available for consultation only - these items can be consulted in person at the Research Annexe by making an appointment with us. If the item that you have requested is only available for consultation, we will let you know by email.

Sometimes it may be more appropriate to visit the Library Research Annexe to use the materials in our collection instead of having them sent to the Main Library. For example, if you wish to consult large and heavy volumes or several volumes of a journal it may be more convenient for you to consult on-site. Or perhaps the Annexe is simply a more convenient location for you to access – in which case you are welcome to visit to use our materials. Please note that we do not have a photocopier available for visitor use, so photocopying of LRA material can only be done in the Main Library. If you would like to visit us, please contact us by email or phone to make an appointment and we will be happy to assist you.

Travel Directions

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From Main Library, Hillhead Street


From University Avenue: downhill and turn right onto Gibson Street, continue and go through the roundabout and along Woodlands Road turning left at Charing Cross onto St George's Road. Straight ahead at Garscube Cross onto Possil Road and at junction of Keppochill Road turn left onto Saracen Street. Turn left into the entrance to the Hamiltonhill Estate and park in the estate car park.

From Byres Road: up Queen Margaret Drive, straight ahead at junction with Maryhill Road onto Bilsland Drive, turn right at junction with Balmore Road onto Saracen Street, proceed down Saracen Street and just before junction with Keppochill Road you will see Hamiltonhill Estate on the right hand side of the road; turn right into estate and park in the estate car park.


From City Centre: On Hope Street (first bus stop north of the junction with Sauchiehall Street) take the 7, 7A, or 75 to the first stop on Saracen Street, and the Research Annexe is facing you (between Screwfix and Euro Car Parts, journey time 10 minutes).

From Byres Road: Take the 8 to the last stop on Saracen Street, and the Research Annexe is facing you across the road (between Screwfix and Euro Car Parts, journey time 25-30 minutes).