Latest news from OnFife
Reviewed: 25 September, 2020
You may be wondering what the Scottish Government's recent announcement (22 September) of new stricter lockdown measures means for OnFife.
While the new rules don't directly impact our venues or services, safety remains our top priority.
The measures we already have in place in our libraries, galleries and museums make sure we are fully compliant with all guidelines and are also clearly explained, visible and reassuring so we can still give you a warm welcome when you visit.
Additional steps we're taking now include more localised assessments, listening to customers and our frontline teams who know their communities best. This might mean services change at individual venues for a time, for example only our Connect and Collect service being available at a particular library branch. Any changes will be updated on the website so please have a quick check before planning any visits.
You can also find links below that give lots of information on visiting our venues and what to expect when you arrive.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
The Magic of Christmas is coming to Carnegie Hall - on sale now!
We're incredibly excited about a very special event we have coming up at Christmas.
Covid-19 forced the cancellation of our annual panto but we were determined that it wasn't going to steal Christmas so we put our heads together with the creative team at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
The result is The Magic of Christmas at Carnegie Hall, a WONDER-filled, promenade Christmas experience like never before.
The Magic of Christmas will be the first opportunity since March to come together again for live entertainment and it promises to be a unique, sparkling and magical adventure to remember.
Tickets are on sale now - book early as spaces are limited!
Connect & Collect - back by popular demand!
Our Connect & Collect service – which allowed library users to collect ‘lucky dip’ bags of books during lockdown – is back!
The service was originally offered short-term when the libraries were still closed to the public but staff were able to go back into the buildings and in just three weeks in July nearly 3700 bags of up to 10 books were collected.
It came to an end when the branches started to re-open last month. However, as customers are saying they are still keen to use Connect & Collect so we've brought it back, with orders now being taken for first collections from Monday 28 September.
Currently 24 OnFife libraries – more than two-thirds of branches – are open again for people to return books, browse the shelves or use the computers, and Valleyfield Library will open on Tuesday, 29 September.
Find out more about Connect & Collect here.
We're delighted to have been giving a big OnFife welcome back to customers at many of our libraries, museums and galleries over the last few weeks.
We're very pleased that visitors have been enjoying being in our buildings again, too.
If you've dropped in over the last few weeks, we'd love to hear your experience - let us know through You Tell Us.
And if you haven't been back yet - what are you waiting for?
We are shining the spotlight on inspiring activities from OnFife and beyond. Our Shine OnFife programme brings you the brightest and best in creativity, entertainment, learning and community support. Join us and get involved. #ShineOnFife
Museums and Galleries
Our ‘big three’ museums and galleries are open again! You can view the collections and exhibitions at St Andrews Museum, Kirkcaldy Galleries and Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries and utilise the Local Studies service at Cupar Library, Kirkcaldy Galleries, Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, and athe Archives Room at the Collections Centre, Bankhead.
While restrictions are in place, the number of people we can have in the buildings at one time is limited so are operating a booking system that gives you an allocated timeslot.
To book your visit and find out more CLICK HERE.
Visitors to Kirkcaldy Galleries felt safe and enjoyed our exhibitions:
Missed your library? Good news - ONFife Libraries are on their way back!
We are delighted that you can now visit 24 OnFife library branches. As you would expect, there are safety measures and restrictions in place to ensure the wellbeing of staff and customers. As we can only have a limited number of people in each building at one time, there is a queuing system, you should wear a face covering if you can and keep your visit short.
Public access PCs are also available again but there are restrictions to allow for physical distancing and cleaning.
You can find out more here.
The process is being done over a transition period, fully in line with Scottish Government guidance on public libraries and Fife Council guidance. The pace of the re-opening ensures the safety of staff and customers and allows us to welcome you back into branches gradually in a way that you will be confident about using.
The Connect & Collect service is available once more. Find out how to Connect & Collect HERE.
While it's great that two-thirds of branches have now re-opened, some customers might be wondering why their local library is still closed. We've had to take many factors into consideration, such as staffing resources, the distance to the nearest alternative branch and how suitable each building is for the safety measures needed. We're continuing to monitor the situation so we can open other branches when possible.
Earlier this summer we made the difficult decision to postpone our theatre programme in all venues until spring 2021. We made this decision with heavy hearts but resolute in our commitment to reopen in 2021 safe, sound and strong.
We are contacting customers who bought tickets for events in 2020 (in event date order) and would like to assure those affected that we are looking to re-schedule as many as events as possible, but should you prefer not to reschedule you can choose between a gift voucher or refund for your tickets. To see the current status of the event you had booked, click HERE.
We continue to closely follow Scottish Government guidance on easing the lockdown and will continue to provide further updates in the coming weeks.
Panto will be back bigger and better in 2021!
Such is the continuing uncertainty around how the coming months will unfold that, like many other cultural organisations and theatres, we have had to make the difficult decision to suspend plans for Snow White at the Adam Smith Theatre this Christmas.
We know this will be as disappointing for customers as it is for us.
Panto is a fantastic seasonal celebration in the greatest tradition of theatre, creating memories across the generations, which is why we are determined to make ‘Panto 2021” even bigger and better and it will return with the all-time favourite Cinderella.
- Maintain the most comprehensive libraries network in Scotland
- Offer a great range of high quality, entertaining and inspiring events in our theatres
- Continue to offer universal free entry to all our Museums, Galleries and Heritage Sites
- Exhibit stunning world-class art in our galleries
- Give young people in Fife the chance to get involved in the arts
- Keep our venues welcoming and accessible to everybody