Mitchell Library, Social Sciences Department

Last updated 24th March 2009 
Name of library Mitchell Library, Social Sciences Department 
Address North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN 
Telephone 0141 2872901 
Fax 0141 2872875 
Alternative names Former Departments of Philosophy and Religion and Social Sciences now merged with General Services Department 
Contact & Job Title Sally Clegg
Purpose & main user community of the library Public reference library, open to all. 
Terms of access Walk in. No membership. 
Opening hours M-Th 09.00-20.00, F,Sa 09.00-17.00. 
Disabled access Enough lifts and ramps to give reasonable access to the disabled. 
Lending to other libraries & visitors Duplicates only considered for lending by ILL. 
Number of volumes  40,000
Periodicals – Back Issues 235 
Current Periodicals 75 
Other materials  A few videos on religious subjects.
Volumes added per year  150-200
Coverage General collection, but strong in Scottish Protestant theology, Church history C17-19. A cross-section of material on Scottish church history has been used to form an open access. 
Special Collections  Quaker Collection: 376 titles comprising letters, diaries, journals and devotional items of Quakers of English and American origin. Pre-1900 material permanent loan to Mitchell. Swedenborg Collection: 2,000 vols., kept separately. Morrison Collection: 7,000 vols. On theology, mostly kept separately, although some have been relocated to the Rare Books Collection of the Mitchell. The following collections have been merged in the general Dewey sequence:The Slains Castle Collection: 3,100 vols. (some theology). Cummings Pamphlets: 185, many on Scottish C19 religious topics. J. H. Thomson Donation: 1,230 vols. on Covenanting history.
Manuscripts All manuscript material now the responsibility of the Rare Books Collection. Mainly sermons, but 8 medieval items.  
Research resource Scottish church history and theology C17-19; much useful pamphlet material. 
Catalogue Type  Computer (1970-), card (1960-1969), microfiche (1877-1959).
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Other facilities  50 PCs
Full Time Staff  12
Part Time Staff  6
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  
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