Couper Institute Library

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Couper Institute Library
Couper Institute and Library September 2018.jpg
Couper Institute Library (right) and Couper Institute (left)
General information
Address84-86 Clarkston Road, Cathcart, Glasgow G44 3DA

The Couper Institute Library is a public library situated in Cathcart, Glasgow, Scotland. The Couper Institute was originally built by architects Campbell Douglas and James Sellars. The library was added in 1923 by architect John Alfred Taylor Houston on the bequest of Robert Couper. The institute and its library are now are now listed buildings, category B.


The library was built in 1923-24 by J A T Houston as part of building extensions to the northern side of the existing Couper Institute (built 1887) which were delayed by the First World War.[1] The library was designed in an English Baroque style, while the earlier hall presents the Scots Renaissance tradition.[2]

Local paper mill owner Robert Couper left 'about £8000' for a library, reading room and hall to be built on the site.[3]

The building was listed as category B by Historic Environment Scotland in 1970.[4]

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  1. ^ Jean., Marshall (1990). Cathcart and environs : a pictorial reminiscence. Glasgow District Libraries. Glasgow: Glasgow District Libraries Publications Board. ISBN 0906169267. OCLC 21226923.
  2. ^ "Glasgow, 84-86 Clarkston Road, Couper Institute And Library | Canmore". Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  3. ^ 1916-, Marshall, Jean (1972). Why Cathcart? ; or, 'By Cartha's side' (3rd ed.). Glasgow (22 Royal Cres., Glasgow G3 7SL): Vista of Glasgow. ISBN 0950258709. OCLC 16240973.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. ^ "84, 86 CLARKSTON ROAD, COUPER INSTITUTE AND LIBRARY (LB33918)". Retrieved 2018-09-10.

Coordinates: 55°48′58″N 4°15′51″W / 55.81604°N 4.26429°W / 55.81604; -4.26429

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