The Transformative Space of the Library

Porteous, Holly and Wilson, Juliette and Hamilton, Kathy (2022) The Transformative Space of the Library. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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This report draws on material from Transformative Servicescapes and Consumer Vulnerability (2020-2022), a two-year project funded by The Leverhulme Trust and based at the University of Strathclyde. Using Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) as a case study, the project examined the role of physical spaces in contributing towards transformative experiences and increased well-being for users of those spaces. Over the following pages, inspired by CILIP’s #LibrariesAreEssential advocacy campaign, we bring together specific findings from the project that relate to libraries as community spaces where people can experience improved well-being and positive transformations in their lives.