Gilmour Street, Alexandria, G83 0DA
Alexandria Library has many facilities and events that are
available to the public including:
Free Internet Access is available.
Local history materials and archives covering the Alexandria
area are a strong feature.
Exhibitions of local history, arts or museum items regularly
Throughout the year there are various children's events
including Bookbug song and rhyme sessions, Breast feeding groups,
Baby Massage and Storytelling
We also run a variety of Free Computer courses in the learning
centre and small training room.
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As with quite a number of town libraries in Scotland, Alexandria
Library began its life in a building designed as an "institute" and
funded by a Victorian public benefactor. The benefactor in this
case was William Ewing Gilmour, and the institute (often just
referred to in the past as "The Gilmour Institute") was erected in
Gilmour Street (also named after him) and opened in 1884.
An extension to the building was built in the 1920s to
accommodate a committee room and offices for the new Vale of Leven
District Council. The library came to be administered as part of
the County library service until Dunbartonshire County Council
handed over control, in 1975, to the new Dumbarton District
Council. As part of Dumbarton District Libraries, the Alexandria
branch was completely refurbished in 1988 when more space became
available in the Gilmour Institute after the Registry Office and
other local authority staff had moved to new locations. Since 1996,
the library has been operated by West Dunbartonshire Council
Alexandria Library offers the following
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Learning Centre Computer Suite
The computer suite contains 9 computers which can be booked out
by community groups to use for classes. They offer the
- Windows 7 on all computers
- Microsoft Office: (Version 2003 on all machines)
- Free broadband Internet connection: a minimum 2Mb bandwidth,
but some are as high as 12Mb
- Full-colour printing
- A4 scanning facilities
- CD burning facilities
- Wheelchair access table
The computers are available to library members to use for free
and are also utilised for the various free computer courses ran by
Quest the libraries computer training team and other partner
The Small Training and Meeting Room (Livingstone Suite)
The Livingstone Suite is a great space to use with small groups
and allows for a greater degree of privacy than the other spaces as
it is a self contained room.
The Training and Meeting Room can hold up to 6-8 people seated
and can be used by a broad range of groups for training,
demonstrations and small private meetings. The space includes:
Access to smart board and projector to facilitate presentations
and training classes for community groups.
Tea and coffee facilities
Children's table and chairs for small kid's events
Baby-massage sessions are held in the Livingstone Suite.
The junior area of the library is a large welcoming environment
with moveable shelving units. The space is used for family
activities such as Bookbug song and rhyme sessions, and
Storytelling. The facilities include:
- Junior fiction and non-fiction books
- Junior DVDs
- Picture and board books
- Talking books on CD
- Toys and games
- Wide-screen TV and Wii console with various games
The comfort zone is located next to the main desk and is a good
space to sit with a small number of clients to chat and get a
coffee. You will find our Talking Books collection here and a
selection of magazines.
The Reading Room is located at the rear of the library and is a
good space to and read and have a coffee. You will find the
non-fiction collection. It is a quite enjoyable space away from the
main library where you can relax and spend some 'quiet time'
The Upstairs Training and Activity Zones
The training and activity zone consists of two areas. The first
is a large open space and is used currently for local drama and
dance groups use for rehearsal but could be adapted for other uses
such as meeting and seminars etc. The smaller area can be used for
medium sized training groups and meeting etc.