Glasgow libraries and museums set to reopen in August

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Glasgow Life, the charity that operates Glasgow’s venues, museums and sports facilities, has announced the next phase of reopening in the wake of the lockdown prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Among the first were 11 golf, tennis and lawn bowls facilities across the city that reopened last month. From Tuesday (11 August) Ibrox, Pollokshaws and Shettleston libraries will reopen to the public.


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (w/c 17 August), Partick Library (w/c 24 August) and the Riverside Museum (w/c 31 August) are also expected to return this month.

Proposed dates for the reopening of several of Glasgow Life’s other sports and arts venue throughout August and early September are having to be revised following the Scottish Government’s announcement that these venues must remain closed until at least Monday 14 September.

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The phased reopening of Glasgow Life’s venues and facilities has always been on the basis of the Scottish Government’s guidance and route-map timescale allowing us to do so.

“The opening of some of our libraries and museums is an important milestone for Glasgow Life and for the city. As restrictions gradually ease, it marks another step towards life after Covid-19, even though the way people will experience these venues will be different for the foreseeable future.

“We would ask all of our customers and visitors to follow our new guidance with regards to accessing and moving around our venues and to please book in advance for our musuems.

“Most of all, we would encourage people to keep themselves and others safe when visiting any of our venues by maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask or face covering.

“Following the Government’s decision that gyms, swimming pools, indoor sports courts, stadia, theatres and arts venues must remain closed until at least Monday 14 September, we are reviewing what this means for those venues previously identified in our reopening plans and will share this information as soon as possible.”

Information on which Glasgow Life venues and facilities will be reopening and when can be found here.