The interior of the Anderston District Library in MacIntyre Street, photographed in 1907. In the early days of public libraries, readers were not allowed access to the shelves. Application had to be made to staff using references obtained from catalogues, which are shown in the foreground.
When Anderston Library opened on 21 December 1904, it was said to be the finest district library building in Glasgow. It was also the first purpose-built lending library, earlier libraries having been opened in shared premises. The lending library opened with some 10,000 volumes.
The building in MacIntyre Street was the first of Glasgow's Carnegie libraries to disappear when it was demolished along with most of Anderston to make way for the M8 motorway in 1969. A new Anderston branch library opened in 1984 in Berkeley Street, in the Mitchell Library building.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning
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