Our own Woodside Library in St Georges Road has just been selected for inclusion in this year’s Glasgow Doors Open Day for the first time. Opened in March 1905, it is the first and largest of seven libraries in Glasgow to be designed by renowned Scottish architect J.R. Rhind under the funding agreement by Scots born American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Rhind’s ornate but superbly functional design of the building was selected after an open competition.
A packed programme of events is currently being drawn up to take place in the library on Doors Open weekend, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September. Events already confirmed for the weekend include a heritage walk around Woodside with professional Blue Badge guide Kit Lindsey and a talk on our industrial heritage by the acclaimed historian Professor John Hume OBE. It is also planned to totally revamp the local history display in the foyer. Free refreshments and information will be provided by Findlay Church and Woodside Community Council volunteers.
Glasgow Life staff are fully engaged in supporting this inaugural appearance by our library in Doors Open Day. It is anticipated that Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Conservatoire will also be contributing items of local significance, as will the Open Museum. More information about the library architecture can be found on our own website here, and information about the timing and duration of the history talk here and the guided walk here.