The Archives and Collections’ museum space, The Window on Heritage, is located on GSA’s main campus in Garnethill, and the Reading Room and Open Stores are located at The Whisky Bond, at Spiers Lock on Glasgow Canal.

GSA staff and students, and the general public are welcome to both spaces.



The Window on Heritage,
Glasgow School of Art,
Reid Building,
167 Renfrew Street,
Glasgow G3 6RQ


The Window on Heritage museum space is open for a regular schedule of exhibitions featuring the School’s Archives and Collections – please check our exhibitions page for what’s coming up.


There is a small amount of chargeable on-street parking near the Reid building, but we would advise use of public transport where possible. There is level access to the Window on Heritage, as well as wheelchair accessible toilets adjacent to the visitor space.



Archives and Collections Reading Room,
The Whisky Bond,
2 Dawson Road,
Glasgow G4 9SS


The Archives and Collections Reading Room is open throughout the year, Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

We also offer monthly tours of the stores, and other events, like Glasgow Doors Open Day. Please keep an eye on our Exhibitions page to see what’s on.  

Before your Visit

If you would like to view our holdings in the Reading Room, please make an appointment in advance by emailing or telephoning 0141 566 1418. You can also book a group handling session – Please visit the Policies & Guides area of our site for more information.

You will need to let us know what you would like to see. You can look at our online catalogue beforehand to select specific materials, or we can help you decide what to see. We like to know in advance what you would like to see as retrievals of material from our stores at short notice is not possible.  

Please bring a form of photographic ID as we will need to register you if you are not a GSA student or staff member and you haven’t visited us within the last year.

Visitor Facilities and Access

There is a car park adjacent to the building and level access to the ground floor reception area. There is lift access to the Archives and Collections’ spaces and wheelchair accessible toilets are located on each floor.

Please note there are currently no café facilities on-site at The Whisky Bond. There is a café approximately 15 minutes’ walk from The Whisky Bond, or benches along the canal on which to sit on and eat packed lunches.  No food or drink can be consumed in the Reading Room.

During your Visit

We would like to make you aware that standard archive rules apply when using the reading room, which are:

You may take photographs if you wish, as long as you do so without the use of a flash. We would also respectfully appreciate if you could ask our permission before sharing photographs online. If you would like to order high-resolution scans of any our material, please let us know and we can arrange this for you for a fee. You can however, download low-resolution images of some items from our online catalogue for free.

For any additional information please refer to our Access Policy available in the Policies & Guides area.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Archives and Collections!