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Under the proposed plans, Glencairn House would be transformed into a state-of-the art library and museum, to bring these facilities back to the heart of the community. 

The existing Dumbarton Library will become a community archive and store so residents can see historical items held by the Council for the first time.


Have your say on the proposed use of Glencairn House. Put your views forward: 

online survey


Alternatively, you can speak with West Dunbartonshire Council in person at the following drop-in sessions: 

Mon 10 June, 1pm – 3pm,
Church Street,


Wed 12 June, 9.30am - 12.30pm,
Glencairn House, High Street,


Wed 12 June, 5.30pm - 8.30pm,
Concord Centre,

Further Information

Reviving Dumbarton’s oldest building

Glencairn House is the oldest building in Dumbarton, dating back to 1623 when it was built as a three-storey townhouse for the Earls of Glencairn, who wanted to be located in the area due to the prosperous trading on the River Leven and links to Dumbarton Castle. It was known then as “The Earl of Glencairn’s Greit House” and was later occupied by the Dukes of Argyll before being sold to Dumbarton Town Council in 1923.

The frontage has changed somewhat over the years, but the B-Listed building still retains many of its original features, including dormer windows and detailed brickwork associated with 17th century Scottish architecture. Both are testament to the skilled tradesmen of that time.

Due to its prominent position on the High Street,  the town crier made important announcements from outside Glencairn House, often drawing huge crowds. Notable events have included proclaiming King George V in 1910, and later the Sovereign in both 1936 and 1952.

Since its original renovation in 1924, which introduced the iconic window arches, Glencairn House has had a number of uses – from a gas showroom in 1924, to West Dunbartonshire Council’s social work offices and most recently Dumbarton Credit Union.   

Bringing Dumbarton’s Library back into the heart of the Town

Dumbarton’s community library was originally located on the High Street, opposite Glencairn House in a building called Heggie’s Building, back in the 1830s.

Under the proposed plans, Glencairn House would be transformed into a state-of-the art library and museum, to bring these facilities back to the heart of the community.

  • £4.6million investment within the heart of the High Street
  • A new four-storey extension with stunning views over the River Leven and Dumbarton Castle
  • Dedicated spaces for children and families, computer use and quiet study
  • A wide selection of fiction and non-fiction items in a variety of high-demand formats
  • A relaxing recreational space will also be included featuring a coffee station
  • Improved physical access, enabling level access via the main entrance on the High Street, with an internal lift to each floor.


The museum facilities would include an entire floor dedicated to local history and incorporating an exhibition space.

  • Displays throughout all floors of the building giving residents and visitors the chance to see rare historical artefacts up close
  • Social hub, offering meeting and event spaces for community use as well as a flexible event area for exhibitions and public displays 

Current Library

The current Dumbarton Library building would be transformed into a community collections store and archive, open to the public.

  • Access to the stored objects and documents in West Dunbartonshire’s heritage collections available for the first time
  • New and exciting opportunities for the local community and visitors to the area to engage with, explore and learn more about the collections.



This consultation closed
Sun 16 June 2019 11:55 PM