University of Glasgow Library, serials service




Hillhead Street, Glasgow, G12 8QE


0141 330 6704

Additional Telephone

0141 330 6705

Contact & Job Title

Honor Hania, Subject Librarian, Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences Library Support Team

Purpose & main user community of the library

University students and staff

Terms of access

The library welcomes visitors. Ideally write a week in advance of your visit describing your purpose and the sources to be consulted. By post: Lending Services Desk, Glasgow University Library. or, email: Ask about what to bring with you for access. Other university students may use the library. Bring current matriculation card. Restricted hours access.

Opening hours

Term: Mon – Sun 0715 – 0200. Summer Vacation: Mon – Sun 0715 – 0200. Check website for variations.

Disabled access

The Library’s collections are accommodated on a large number of levels. Please contact the Enquiry service in advance of any visit.

Lending to other libraries & visitors

Via British library. None.

Number of volumes


Periodicals – Back Issues


Current Periodicals


Other materials

Theses 14,000. Maps 65,000. MSS 203,000.

Volumes added per year



Biblical Studies, Patristics, Early Church History, The Reformation, Scottish Presbyterian Churches, Hymnology.

Special Collections

Ludwig Blau Collection: Mainly C16 Hebrew books (193 vols.). Civil and Canon Law Collection: Mainly C16 Italian imprints (262 vols.).Divinity Hall Library (University of Glasgow): Now incorporated in the University Library, includes many early printed books. Dumbarton Presbytery Library: Mainly C17 theology (64 vols.);John Eadie Collection: mainly biblical texts and commentaries (ca. 5,000 vols.).Harry Escott Collection: Hymnology (ca. 300 vols.). William Euing Collection: Includes Bibles, Psalters, hymn and prayer books (ca. 3,000 vols.). Patrick Fairbairn Collection: Includes much theology and biblical criticism (ca. 4,000 vols.). Arthur J. Gossip Collection: Comparative religion (ca. 400 vols.). William Hastie Collection: Theology and philosophy (500 vols.). Hunterian Collection: Theology and philosophy (500 vols.). A. B. McGrigor Collection: Palestine (655 vols.). William McMillan Collection: Mainly Liturgy (1,072 vols.). James Mearns Collection: Hymnology (ca.3,000 vols.). Thomas Kirkpatrick Monro Collection: Printed works of Sir Thomas Browne, author of Religion medici (289 vols.). Alex Napier Collection: Mainly biblical studies (97 vols.). James D. Ogilvie Collection: Includes 231 sermons preached before the Long Parliament. Alexander Robertson Collection: Mainly on theology (3,681 volumes and 1,800 pamphlets). Constantin Tischendorf Collection: Mainly biblical texts, palaeography and Near Eastern travel, including Tischendorf’s copies of most of his own works. Trinity College Library: Originally Free Church College, Glasgow, now incorporated in the University Library, includes over 2,000 pre-1820 imprints and ca. 10,000 pamphlets.


Ca. 20,000 biblical and liturgical texts, letters, diaries, sermons, lectures and other documents of religious interest, including: Barony Parish, Glasgow, 212 documents, 1691–1910; Zachary Boyd (1585?–1653), Minister of Barony Church, Glasgow, sermons and other works; Thomas Chalmers (1780–1847), 43 letters and notes addressed to William Buchanan of Glasgow; Church of Scotland, Book of all General Assemblies, 1560–1689; Church of Scotland, Register of actings & proceedings of the General Assembly, 1638, 1690, 1692, 1702–1848; Glasgow Free Church Student Theological Society, Minutes of meetings, 1859–1935; Glasgow University Missionary Association, Minute books, 1821–1905; George Henderson (d. 1912), Lecturer in Celtic Studies at Glasgow University, Gaelic manuscripts, including the C17 Ratisbon Manuscript, a collection of religious and poetical works; Kirk of Kilmadock, Session book, 1693–1703; James Kirkwood (1650?–1708), Minister of Minto, Collected sermons and discourses; Langside Parish Church Literary Association, Minute book, 1911–1920; Alexander McBeth, Papers relating to Plymouth Brethren, ca.1931–1945; Stevenson McGill (1765–1840), Professor of Divinity, University of Glasgow, Abstract of theological lectures in Glasgow University, 1836–37. James MacLagan (1728–1805), Chaplain to the Black Watch and Minister at Blair Atholl, Gaelic mss. and transcriptions; Donald McNicol (1735–1802), Minister successively of Saddell and Lismore, sermons (mainly Gaelic); James Moffatt (1870–1944), NT translator, Papers;Thomas Moffat Murchison (1907–1944), Gaelic scholar and Minister of St Columba, Glasgow, Papers, including notes on church history, especially of Wester Ross, and sermons; John Murdoch (1819–1904), Principal, Government Normal School, Kandy, Diary, 1844–49; John Row (1568–1646), Minister of Carnock, Ecclesiastical collections; George Russell (d.1832), Minister of the Secession Church, Dalry, Sermons; James Sharp (1618–1679), Archbishop of St. Andrews, Letters, etc.; Ronald Gregor Smith (1913–1968), Professor of Divinity, University of Glasgow, Papers; John Charlton Steen (1898–1967), Minister of Dryfesdale, Dumfriesshire, Papers; Peter Donald Thomson (1872–1955), Minister of Kelvinside, Glasgow, Sermons and other papers; William Thomson (1762?–1817), Minister of Ochiltree, Ayrshire, Sermons and lectures; United Free Church of Scotland, Glasgow, Highland Divinity Students’ Fellowship, Minute book, 1928–1930; John White (1867–1951), Minister of Barony Church, Glasgow, Sermons and letter; Robert Wodrow (1679–1734), Minister of Eastwood, Renfrewshire.

Research resource

Biblical Studies, Patristics, Early Church History, The Reformation, Scottish Presbyterian Churches, Hymnology.

Catalogue Type


URL of catalogue
Other facilities

Limited: access to catalogue; photocopying