Basic Site Details

Name: Kingston Halls and Public Library and police office
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: The first of the twelve district libraries, on which it has been decided to expend the 100,000 granted by Mr Andrew Carnegie about three years ago for the erection of public libraries in Glasgow, was opened on Friday in the Kingston district of the city. The library is housed in the building in Paisley-road in which the district police office and public hall are situated. On the ground floor of the building is the lending department, a room about 80ft. by 20ft., containing over 9,000 volumes ; the general reading room, 80ft. by 30ft., with accommodation for more than one hundred readers, and supplied with over one hundred newspapers, periodicals, and a collection of reference and other works: and a ladies' reading-room. On the upper floor are reading-rooms for boys and for girls, with a large selection of books suitable for young readers. In November it is hoped to open another library in the Anderston district, to be followed immediately by one at Woodside. Afterwards libraries will be inaugurated at Springburn, Govanhill, and at Maryhill, and within the next twelve months it is expected to have nine or ten district libraries in full operation within the city.[Building News 16 September 1904 p394]
Shell still remains

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 3Hall  
Item 2 of 3Police station  
Item 3 of 3Library  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1330-346, Paisley RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 719011905 Building dated 1903
Item 2 of 7August 1901January 1902 Drawings dated
Item 3 of 7September 1904 Opened 
Item 4 of 78 September 1904 Opened 
Item 5 of 71948  Burnt down
Item 6 of 71949 AdditionGlasgow Corporation to carry out additions at 25,000.
Item 7 of 719561957 Rebuilt


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 4Alexander Beith McDonaldArchitectA19041905As City Surveyor (but mainly by R W Horn)
Item 2 of 4Glasgow Office of Public Works Architectural Department (later Glasgow Corporation City Engineer's Department)Architectural practiceA19041905 
Item 3 of 4Robert William HornArchitectA19041905Horn as assistant in City Surveyor's office - the drawings are by Horn
Item 4 of 4Glasgow Corporation Housing Department (later Architectural & Planning Department, Glasgow Corporation)  1949  


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Stevenson, D M, et al.1914Municipal Glasgow: its evolution and enterprises Glasgow: Corporation of the City of Glasgowp91
Item 2 of 2Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p591

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder17 September 1904LXXXVII  
Item 2 of 3Builder21 January 1949  p109
Item 3 of 3Building News16 September 1904  p394 - opening

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33524 
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection GWR/41/1
Item 3 of 3Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of Guild 1/8669