Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

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Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries,
1-7 Abbot Street,
KY12 7NL


01383 602365

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We are delighted to have re-opened, and we’re really looking forward to seeing you! 

Before your visit we just want to highlight that currently we do have to restrict numbers, so Museum, Gallery and Local Studies visits need to be booked in advance (see below on how to book) but you don't need to book before visiting the Library. 

Our café remains closed.

Our temporary opening hours are:















Making sure you have a safe and enjoyable visit is our number one priority:

  • We have clear safety measures and procedures in place across the building. Watch the videos below for more information on visiting the library and the gallery and museum. 
  • We would ask that all customers wear a face covering. 
  • Toilets will be open but on a one-person at a time basis. If there is a queue, please keep a two-metre distance from others. 
  • The number of people we can have in the building at one time is limited so advance booking is essential for the Galleries and Local Studies (Book a visit to our Galleries or Local Studies HERE) and there will be a queuing system in place in our libraries.
  • Public access PCs will also be available again but with restrictions to allow for physical distancing and cleaning.

We can’t wait to see you. 

Visiting the library:

Visiting the galleries:

Book a visit to our Galleries HERE

You can book a 1 hour visit for up to 4 people. Please call us on 01383 602365 if your group size is larger than 4 people. Please bring your appointment email or another form of identification when you visit. While we’re loving welcoming people back, in these difficult times we would ask you to be mindful of guidance around the tiers system and not to travel to visit our venues from other regions. Fife is currently in Tier 3. 

Explore! Travellers & Trailblazers

Broaden your horizons in these travel-restricted times to discover exotic lands and fantastic voyages in our family-friendly exhibition.

There are wonderful things to see, with amazing objects from far flung places, such as Japan, China, South Africa, India and Australia. Feast your eyes on beautiful hand-painted pottery, intricately carved ivory and polished jade and discover some fascinating facts – did you know that there is more than one type of boomerang?

Find out about the amazing feats of famous explorers. Delve into the world of seafarers, whalers and castaways. With quizzes, craft videos to inspire you and a fun craft pack to take home. From polar pioneer to tropical trekker – what will your amazing journey be?

Book a visit to Explore! HERE

You are welcome to book multiple visits, but please be aware will be unable to extend your one-hour slot if there is another person booked in after you. Exceeding your one-hour slot will impact on the next visitor. We will only be able to accommodate visitors arriving without pre-booking if there is an available timeslot.

Borderlines Exhibition

The artists work explores visually and literally the meaning of Borderlines through crossing the borders between prose, voice and images to interpretations of physically crossing the border or borders-between night & day, male & female, love & hate, life & death and so on. Twist, Undergrowth, in Memoriam, Which Ones Witch? and Solid Heart for Suffering Souls are from a series of works based on the witch trials of Perthshire and Fife as is the Artists Book – Borderlines. Visitors are required to book in advance via our website HERE and you can watch our Borderlines film below. 

Book a Local Studies visit HERE

While restrictions are in place, we will be providing a tailored, one-to-one visitor service and you can book a 1 hour appointment up to two weeks in advance. If you are planning a visit further in the future, please call us on 01383 602365. After you book your timeslot, we will contact you by phone to find out how we can make the most of your visit. If you have any special requirements, please let us know in advance.  

When visiting, we ask that you: 

  1. Bring your appointment email or another form of identification 
  2. Wear a face covering 
  3. Bring your own pens/pencils and notepads.  

Please note: We may not to be able to supply additional items on the day. We also ask you give us advance notice of any change in visit arrangements, information or support required. If you have questions about specific items in our collection on the day, for example, the staff present may not be able to help but we will do our best to find out the information for you. 

You are welcome to book multiple visits, but please be aware we would only be able to extend your one-hour slot on the day if no one was booked after you. Exceeding your one-hour appointment will impact on the next visitor.


If you need to self isolate and our missing our lovely building - or are thinking of taking a visit for the first time  and want to find out more - you can take a Virtual Tour of DCLG here to find out more:  (sorry Lines from Scotland exhibition not included!)


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Explore! Travellers and Trailblazers

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Sat 14th Nov -
Sat 10th Apr

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Borderlines Exhibition

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Wed 16th Sep -
Wed 9th Dec

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