In the field of literature,  Glasgow has benefitted from a wealth of writers and poets, publishers and printers, literary societies, booksellers and collectors of a wide range of antiquarian and contemporary publications. From the famous eighteenth-century Foulis Press, which was founded by Robert and Andrew Foulis, and located at the Old College on the High Street, to the bookshop founded by John Smith, and works written by William Motherwell, Thomas Campbell, to publishers such as David Robertson and Thomas Atkinson. The wealth of the city’s public and university libraries places the city at the forefront.

One of the greatest ways of accessing publications is via google books. Many rare and antiquarian publications are readily available online, including a number of rare periodicals which were produced in Glasgow in the 19th century.