On the 23rd of May 2014, a fire in the Mackintosh Building of the Glasgow School of Art caused us to lose our much loved Mackintosh Library. We have been touched by the many offers of donations we have received following the loss, and we continue to receive many offers of donations from individuals and institutions, for which we are very grateful. The rebuilding of our collections lost in the Mackintosh Library fire will take many years. We intend to pursue a targeted rebuild, tightly aligned to both the illustrious history and future direction of the Glasgow School of Art.
At this time, we are seeking very specific titles that hold particular relevance to our history, our alumni, and our learning, teaching and research activities. Our Librarians have compiled a Wants List, which is regularly updated. If you hold any of the titles below and would like to donate them to the Library, please contact our Librarian Duncan Chappell.
The Mackintosh Library at mezzanine level before the fire
One of the most important and widely recognised library spaces in the world, it was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh between 1907 and 1909 as part of the second phase of the Art School building. It was generally accepted as one of the finest Art Nouveau interiors internationally, and any visitor to the space could not help but be moved by its architectural and aesthetic beauty, from its hand-painted balusters to its pierced wooden pendants, and from its coloured-glass hanging lamps, to its original tables, Windsor chairs and periodicals desk.
Writing on the symbolic allusions of Mackintosh’s design, James Macaulay, in his authoritative 1993 Phaidon account of the building , states “…the library of the Glasgow School of Art is not only an aesthetic experience but the translation of philosophical thought into three dimensions.” The building as a whole has been described by Sir Christopher Frayling, Rector of the Royal College of Art, as “the only art school in the world where the building is worthy of the subject…this is a work of art in which to make works of art”.