In the 1939 entrance lobby of Grangemouth Library, high up on the west wall, is a six-panelled stained glass window depicting learning. The lower central panel shows a woman reading to a child from a book. Above her is a personification of knowledge above the Grangemouth coat of arms. She is shown seated holding a globe in her left hand and a torch throwing light into the world in her right. The burgh motto “INGENIUM VINCIT OMNIA/ VINCI” or “ingenuity conquers all” accompanying the shield is appropriate to the subject.
The outer panels contain roundels depicting the four visual arts – music, painting, drama and photography – these being major components of the creativity found in western culture alongside literature in its various guises.
G.B. Bailey (2019)