Author Archives: GSA Library Archives and Collections

Browse Our Bookplates

Bookplate of Thomas Davies

We’ve digitised over 230 bookplates from our special collections, which you can discover here.

Bookplates are small printed labels pasted into a book, often on the front endpaper, to indicate ownership. Bookplates are often referred to as ‘ex libris’ which means ‘from the books of…’

Our collection includes several armorial plates, featuring the heraldic emblems and mottoes of landed families or estates. Others are designed by artists for their own libraries, or those of their friends and colleagues. Our collection encompasses a wide range of aesthetic styles, from classical to Art Nouveau.

In the early years of GSA Library, many of our books were donated by eminent people, visiting dignitaries, or people associated with the School. Today we can use their bookplates, with documentary records in our Archives, to trace the journey of these books have taken to reach us.

In the past, our students would design GSA Library’s bookplates through open competitions. To date, we have only been able to name one of these students, Elizabeth Jamieson, who designed a plate for us in January 1945. She received £5.5.0 for her design.

Browse our gallery these miniature works of art here.

Alternative Reading Lists

Glasgow School of Art Library is committed to supporting both institutional and student-led initiatives to diversify the curriculum. To this end, we now link to both internally- and externally-compiled lists of alternative readings, that aim to introduce us all to a broader range of cultural perspectives.

Click here to browse alternative readings lists.

Image courtesy Alessandro Milliucci https://flic.kr/p/eGhiYV Some rights reserved

Race & Rights Reading Group

Race, Rights and Sovereignty, in partnership with the GSA Library, presents a series of three reading groups uncovering and examining a number of books in GSA’s historical collections (mainly dating from the 19th century) that are written from paradigms that we would be critical of today, many with a colonial outlook. In these reading and discussion groups, we will explore and interrogate these selected texts collectively in order to deconstruct and consider how we can engage with these texts today, and where they are situated within contemporary libraries and archive holdings.

In the first reading group, we will examine the role of image representation in colonial texts and its impact on imaging in contemporary society.

Thurs 9th May 2019, 17.30-19.30, Quiet Study Space, Library Level 2

Click for further details.

Now Available! Bloomsbury Architecture Library

We have just added Bloomsbury Architecture Library to our portfolio of online resources, part of our commitment to increasing the number of high-quality electronic resources available across GSA.

Bloomsbury Architecture Library features a wide selection of works on architecture and related disciplines including urbanism, landscape, and interiors. It approaches the subject through architectural history and theory, connecting to contemporary design practice and the best current thinking about the issues that matter including: global perspectives, politics, sustainability, and the future of architectural design. The platform offers access to a carefully curated collection of fully-searchable text and image content, incorporating the new edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture, alongside peer-reviewed cutting edge academic research and a wealth of images.

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