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Basic Site Details

Name: Mitchell Library
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: B Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: New building to house expanded library after Ingram Street building (built 1877, enlarged 1891) proved too small.

Design competition assessed by John Keppie.

Sculptors: John Miller and T J Clapperton.

See also separate entry for St Andrew's Halls, now the Mitchell Theatre & Library, adjoining the original library.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Library  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 3Berkeley StreetYes 
Item 2 of 3Kent RoadYes 
Item 3 of 3201, North StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41906  Competition held
Item 2 of 4September 1907  Foundation stone
Item 3 of 41909 Design exhibitedW B White design
Item 4 of 46 October 1911  Opened


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 13James Cumming WynnesArchitect 1905 Competition entry - Placed 5th
Item 2 of 13Thomas Gibbon  1905 Competition design
Item 3 of 13James Salmon (junior)ArchitectB1905 Competition entry - not successful
Item 4 of 13John Gaff GillespieArchitectB1905 Competition entry - not successful
Item 5 of 13Salmon, Son & GillespieArchitectural practiceB1905 Competition entry - not successful
Item 6 of 13William Forrest SalmonArchitectB1905 Competition entry - not successful
Item 7 of 13James Mitchell White HalleyArchitect 1906(?) Reached final stage in competition
Item 8 of 13William Beattie-BrownArchitect 1906 Competition design - not successful
Item 9 of 13P & W AndersonArchitectural practiceA1906 As engineers/builders
Item 10 of 13William Brown WhitieArchitectA19061911Won competition to secure commission
Item 11 of 13John ThomsonArchitectC1906 Competition entry - not successful
Item 12 of 13Robert Douglas SandilandsArchitectC1906 Competition entry - not successful
Item 13 of 13Thomson & SandilandsArchitectural practiceC1906 Competition entry - not successful


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Corporation of Glasgow 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 10Academy Architecture1907 part 1 p50 (Whitie design)
Item 2 of 10Academy Architecture1910 Part 2 p27
Item 3 of 10Koch British Competitions  For various entries including Thomson & Sandilands
Item 4 of 10Royal Academy exhibitors    1905, no 1447 (gibbon design). 1910, no 1461 (Whitie design)
Item 5 of 10Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1907   783 (Whitie design)
Item 6 of 10RSA1906   317 (Beattie-Brown)
Item 7 of 10Stark, David2004Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Co., 1854 to 2004 Glasgow: Stenlake Publishing Ltd 
Item 8 of 10Stevenson, D M, et al.1914Municipal Glasgow: its evolution and enterprises Glasgow: Corporation of the City of Glasgowpp85-6
Item 9 of 10The Modern Building Record1912The Modern Building RecordVolume 3London: Wertheimer, Lea & Cop192
Item 10 of 10Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p279

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5British Architect1905  Check date
Item 2 of 5Builders Journal12 July 1905  Builders' Journal and Architectural Record, Vol. 22, 12 July 1905, page 21.
Item 3 of 5Builders Journal28 November 1906  William Brown Whitie entry
Item 4 of 5Builders Journal28 September 1910  William Brown Whitie design
Item 5 of 5RIBA JournalJanuary 1919 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary of James Mitchell White Halley

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33095 
Item 2 of 4Mitchell LibraryGlasgow City Archives GC 052 BAI (reproduced on www.theglasgowstory.com)
Item 3 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers William Brown Whitie: F v19 p108 no1406 (microfilm reel 12); James Cumming Wynnes: L v9 no516 (microfilm reel 32)
Item 4 of 4Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of Guild 2/632, 1906


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© All rights reserved. Builders' Journal and Architectural Record, Vol. 22, 12 July 1905, page 21.