Visit

The Archives and Collections are currently open to all researchers including GSA staff and students, and external visitors including members of the general public. 

Due to social distancing measures in line with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently able to offer in-person group sessions. However, you can find more information on our normal group session provision here for future reference.

Opening Hours

The Archives and Collections are open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. We are based in The Whisky Bond on Dawson Road. If you’d like to visit and view our holdings, please make an appointment in advance by emailing archives@gsa.ac.uk or telephoning 0141 566 1418.

Before your Visit

Please note that we are unable to make retrievals of material from our stores at short notice so do let us know in advance what you would like to see. Our collections can be browsed online at www.gsa.ac.uk/archives.

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

In line with current government guidelines, we will collect Track and Trace information from all visitors which we will ask for in advance of your appointment. This information will be kept by us for 21 days before being destroyed. Visitors will be asked not to attend if they have any Covid symptoms, including a high temperature, continuous cough or loss of taste/smell.

Material for each visitor will be retrieved and quarantined for 24 hours in advance of their visit and 24 hours after.

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 that there are currently no café facilities at The Whisky Bond or spaces where visitors can eat their own food. The nearest café is a 15-minute walk away or, weather permitting, visitors can bring their own food and sit outside The Whisky Bond on the benches beside the canal. Please plan ahead with this in mind.

Information about how to get here can be found here. Please inform reception when you arrive so that they can let us know and direct you to our Reading Room.

During your Visit

Hand sanitiser is available in our Reading Room and all visitors will be asked to use this on arrival. Visitors who are not exempt will be asked to wear a face covering in public areas of The Whisky Bond (corridors, lifts, bathrooms, kitchens) and when moving around the Reading Room. Face coverings can be removed when seated at a 2 metre distance from others. Cleaning wipes, disposable face coverings and disposable gloves will also be provided if required.

There will currently be a maximum of 2 visitors in the space at one time and signage is provided to support social distancing.

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

•Hanging up all outdoor jackets and placing bags in the lockers provided.
•No food or liquids near the material.
•The use of pencil only when making notes.
•The use of nitrile gloves (provided) when handling specific items.

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.

Our Access Policy can be found here for any additional information.

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