Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries Set within the Heritage Quarter of Scotland's ancient capital, this award-winning visitor attraction Dunfermline's Library, Museum and Art Galleries.
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We also have an attractive garden, local history area, specialist collection spaces, attractive gift-shop and amazing venue hire opportunities! Twitter Instagram dclandg

Part of Fife Cultural Trust - Scottish Charity Number: SC043442

Brushstrokes opens tomorrow  Come along to our new exhibition and feast your eyes on some of the fantastic art we have h...
08/12/2023

Brushstrokes opens tomorrow
Come along to our new exhibition and feast your eyes on some of the fantastic art we have here in Fife. There are works by William McTaggart, L S Lowry, Elizabeth Blackadder, Anne Redpath, the Scottish Colourists and the Glasgow Boys, as well as a host of other gems, just waiting to be discovered. Whether you prefer traditional or contemporary, have a soft spot for a still life, a love of landscapes or a passion for portraits, there is truly something for everyone

Kirkgate, 1863This very early photograph includes the easy to recognise Old Inn in the foreground but look behind and yo...
07/12/2023

Kirkgate, 1863

This very early photograph includes the easy to recognise Old Inn in the foreground but look behind and you'll see the tower of the Old Townhouse, built in 1771. It was demolished in 1876 to make way for the City Chambers we know today. And what about the decorations? Wish we could tie it in and say they were Christmas decorations from that year but they were, in fact, put up to celebrate the marriage of the then Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) to Princess Alexandra

The trees is up and the books are out - Christmas has officially begun at DCLG🎄📚 Looking for inspiration for your Christ...
06/12/2023

The trees is up and the books are out - Christmas has officially begun at DCLG🎄📚

Looking for inspiration for your Christmas dinner, fancy making a few last-minute gifts, want to learn a flurry of festive facts or just cosy up with a good winter story? Take your pick from our holiday reads.

Christmas isn't complete without traditional games. Pick up one of these perfect stocking fillers in our gift shop and l...
05/12/2023

Christmas isn't complete without traditional games. Pick up one of these perfect stocking fillers in our gift shop and let the fun begin 😀

The snowy weather this weekend has given us the perfect opportunity to show off an old favourite from our Morris Allan C...
04/12/2023

The snowy weather this weekend has given us the perfect opportunity to show off an old favourite from our Morris Allan Collection. Taken in 1956, it shows a group of youngsters in the Public Park living their best sledging life❄️🎿❄️🎿

Did you get out and enjoy the snow this weekend?

A lovely surprise in our inbox this morning. Harris, aged 7, had asked his mum to let us see his amazing colouring in of...
30/11/2023

A lovely surprise in our inbox this morning. Harris, aged 7, had asked his mum to let us see his amazing colouring in of this picture of DCLG and it's so good we had to share. We especially love the hearts in the sky. Thank you Harris 😍

Exciting news - Hublets are here! These self-service tablets are available for use within DCLG. Library members can borr...
30/11/2023

Exciting news - Hublets are here! These self-service tablets are available for use within DCLG. Library members can borrow the tablets for 2 hours using their library card and then sit back and browse the internet anywhere in our building. Even better, they're pre-loaded with popular apps like Instagram and Facebook. After use, simply place the Hublet back in the docking station, it will be removed from your library card and all data wiped. Remember, the Hublets will only work in DCLG and can't be taken home.

Work has begun on Brushstrokes, our biggest art exhibition yet. From 9 December you'll be able to view over 60 paintings...
27/11/2023

Work has begun on Brushstrokes, our biggest art exhibition yet. From 9 December you'll be able to view over 60 paintings in our galleries here at DCLG. We'll be highlighting some hidden gems from our collection and several staff picks are included. For now, here's a wee taste of what's to come

Andrew Carnegie was born   in 1835. Famous for his philanthropic activities, Carnegie funded the establishment of more t...
25/11/2023

Andrew Carnegie was born in 1835. Famous for his philanthropic activities, Carnegie funded the establishment of more than 2,500 public libraries around the world. We opened in 1883, celebrated our 140th birthday this year and we're so proud to be the world's first Carnegie Library

Ready to get into the Christmas spirit? Join us on Thursday 7 December at 2pm and enjoy a relaxed afternoon creating mon...
24/11/2023

Ready to get into the Christmas spirit? Join us on Thursday 7 December at 2pm and enjoy a relaxed afternoon creating monogrammed Christmas cards. Our volunteer artist in residence, Carolyn Higgins, will guide you through the process and you can choose from a variety of mediums - iridescent inks, colour pencils, paints....whatever you feel most comfortable with.

Places are limited so booking is essential. To reserve your place, call 01383 602365 or pop into the Reading Room here at DCLG

Flashback to Randolph Street, 1971. What are your memories of shopping at the Co-op back in the day?📷 D C Thomson       ...
23/11/2023

Flashback to Randolph Street, 1971. What are your memories of shopping at the Co-op back in the day?

📷 D C Thomson

What a week! Book Week Scotland has been a blast! We at DCLG have been fortunate enough to have not one but two author e...
17/11/2023

What a week! Book Week Scotland has been a blast! We at DCLG have been fortunate enough to have not one but two author events this week so far. We began our celebration with author, Alan Windram, Little Door Books, had the children from Commercial Primary School going on a wild dinosaur adventure with dancing, singing and a wonderful reading from Alan of his One Button Benny books! 🤖 👽 🦖

But the fun didn’t stop there! Oh no, we had author Ian Hammond Brown and illustrator Julie Diver, of Mcshoogle and the Woogles Save the Haggis! Letting out their creative side the children learned how to draw their own haggis and listened to many more of Mcshoogle’s adventures!

Book Week Scotland is almost over but the fun continues on! Drop by this Sunday to our Mcshoogle event 1.30pm until 3.30pm.

Our Heroes of the Viking World Exhibition at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries is ending in a few days, so don't ...
17/11/2023

Our Heroes of the Viking World Exhibition at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries is ending in a few days, so don't miss out on what our visitors have been raving about!

Explore how Vikings were celebrated and what archaeological evidence can tell us about their stories through our range of displays, including replica objects and interactive activities.

The themed Viking encampment children’s area has saga-telling, games and crafting activities to encourage all ages to discover more. Plus, immerse yourself in the smells and sights of the Viking Age when you step inside our impressive replica Oseberg Viking tent!

Visit our website to find out more: https://www.onfife.com/event/heroes-of-the-viking-world/

East Port/James Street Junction, 1925Can you spot the difference? Apart from the tram tracks and street lamps, not that ...
16/11/2023

East Port/James Street Junction, 1925

Can you spot the difference? Apart from the tram tracks and street lamps, not that much has changed!

Our last event before the end of the Heroes of the Viking World exhibition is the puppet show Myths of the Vikings by Cl...
15/11/2023

Our last event before the end of the Heroes of the Viking World exhibition is the puppet show Myths of the Vikings by Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre!

In this spellbinding performance from Clydebuilt, the puppet maker carves beautiful wooden puppets, recreating the stories of the past through his skilful carving and imaginative storytelling. Enjoy the show with us on Saturday 18 at 2pm at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries.

For more information, visit our website:
https://www.onfife.com/event/clydebuilt-puppet-theatre-presentsmyths-of-the-vikings-oe64/

We are delighted to have Dr Alan Macniven back for another lecture, this time about the Viking gods and their influence ...
13/11/2023

We are delighted to have Dr Alan Macniven back for another lecture, this time about the Viking gods and their influence on Scotland!

Long before Odin, Loki, and Thor found fame in the Marvel cinematic universe, they were worshipped as gods by the Vikings. Join us to learn more on Friday 17 at 3pm at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries.

For more information, visit our website:
https://www.onfife.com/event/the-gods-of-the-vikings-oe66/

Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial, 1938
09/11/2023

Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial, 1938

Our Heroes of the Viking World Exhibition at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries is ending later this month, but we...
08/11/2023

Our Heroes of the Viking World Exhibition at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries is ending later this month, but we still have a couple of special events planned for you!

⚔️ In a spellbinding performance from Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre, relive the stories of past Vikings through skilfully carved puppets and imaginative storytelling. Book here:
https://www.onfife.com/event/clydebuilt-puppet-theatre-presentsmyths-of-the-vikings-oe64/

⚡ Long before Odin, Loki, and Thor found fame in the Marvel cinematic universe, they were worshipped as gods by the Vikings. Join Dr Alan Macniven to learn more about the Viking gods and their influence on Scotland. Book here:
https://www.onfife.com/event/the-gods-of-the-vikings-oe66/

Remember, Remember the 5th of November 🎆🎇 This poster from our archives dates back to 1922 and gives a stern warning ahe...
05/11/2023

Remember, Remember the 5th of November 🎆🎇
This poster from our archives dates back to 1922 and gives a stern warning ahead of November 5th that year!

Our customer survey closes tomorrow, so don't miss out on the chance to win a £50 voucher!OnFife would love to hear from...
05/11/2023

Our customer survey closes tomorrow, so don't miss out on the chance to win a £50 voucher!

OnFife would love to hear from the people living, studying and working in Fife about your experiences using the facilities and services we offer. If you don't use them, we'd like to hear from you too!

Click on the link below, or speak to a member of staff, to access our survey, which will take about 10 minutes to complete:
https://online1.snapsurveys.com/ny4b8s

Thank you from all in OnFife - we really appreciate it!

Dunfermline Fire Brigade, c.1930, looking very pleased with their new engine. On the downside, it was reported that the ...
04/11/2023

Dunfermline Fire Brigade, c.1930, looking very pleased with their new engine. On the downside, it was reported that the vehicle was too big to actually get into the station without first removing the ladders!

⚡ Thor, Loki, and Odin are on their way to Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries! ⚡🛡️ In a spellbinding performance f...
01/11/2023

⚡ Thor, Loki, and Odin are on their way to Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries! ⚡

🛡️ In a spellbinding performance from Clydebuilt, the puppet-maker carves beautiful wooden puppets, all the time living the stories of the past through his skilful carving and imaginative storytelling. Book here: https://www.onfife.com/event/clydebuilt-puppet-theatre-presentsmyths-of-the-vikings-oe64/

⚔️ Long before Odin, Loki, and Thor found fame in the Marvel cinematic universe, they were worshipped as gods by the Vikings. Join Dr Alan Macniven to learn more about the Viking gods and their influence on Scotland. Book here: https://www.onfife.com/event/the-gods-of-the-vikings-oe66/

Book Week Scotland 2023 will be here before you know it and this November 13-19 we're bringing reading adventure your wa...
31/10/2023

Book Week Scotland 2023 will be here before you know it and this November 13-19 we're bringing reading adventure your way. Challenge yourself to read something outside your comfort zone in our very first Adult Reading Challenge, bring the kids to a Viking puppet show, experience some museum mystery or join in with our online Taste of Adventure series of events. It's going to be an awfy braw adventure with OnFife this Book Week! You'll find all the details for the week's events on our website here - https://www.onfife.com/onfife-celebrates-book-week-scotland/

31/10/2023

Not long til lots of folk will be getting their invitation to take part in our brand new - and free - Taste of Adventure online event for Book Week Scotland 2023! One more sleep! I've been making up goodie bags this afternoon for the first 50 folk and can't wait to get recording the fab stories we'll be sharing with your between 13 and 17 Nov. Look out for your invite tomorrow!

Old Dunfermline Calendars are now available in our Gift Shop. Hard to believe it's that time of year again but if you're...
31/10/2023

Old Dunfermline Calendars are now available in our Gift Shop. Hard to believe it's that time of year again but if you're thinking about starting the Christmas shopping.....

Today we welcomed visitors from Pittsburgh to DCLG. Jane and Tyler were keen to take a look around Andrew Carnegie's fir...
26/10/2023

Today we welcomed visitors from Pittsburgh to DCLG. Jane and Tyler were keen to take a look around Andrew Carnegie's first public library and were proud to tell us they're members of one of the many Carnegie Libraries in Pittsburgh. They even brought their card along to prove it. It didn't entitle them to any books here but it did ensure they got an extra special welcome. Thanks for visiting! 😊


26/10/2023

Please note - DCLG will close today at 4.30pm for staff training.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

19/10/2023

DCLG will close today at 5.00pm due to adverse weather conditions caused by . We hope to open tomorrow at 10.00am. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

⚡ Gather around once more and hear stories of Odin, Thor, and Loki at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries! ⚡In a sp...
17/10/2023

⚡ Gather around once more and hear stories of Odin, Thor, and Loki at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries! ⚡

In a spellbinding performance from Clydebuilt, the puppet-maker carves beautiful wooden puppets, all the time living the stories of the past through his skilful carving and imaginative storytelling. Book here:
https://www.onfife.com/event/clydebuilt-puppet-theatre-presentsmyths-of-the-vikings-oe64/

Long before Odin, Loki, and Thor found fame in the Marvel cinematic universe, they were worshipped as gods by the Vikings. Join Dr Alan Macniven to learn more about the Viking gods and their influence on Scotland. Book here:
https://www.onfife.com/event/the-gods-of-the-vikings-oe66/

Share your views about us for a chance to win a £50 voucher!OnFife would love to hear from the people living, studying a...
17/10/2023

Share your views about us for a chance to win a £50 voucher!

OnFife would love to hear from the people living, studying and working in Fife about your experiences using the facilities and services we offer. If you don't use them, we'd like to hear from you too!

Click on the link below, or speak to a member of staff, to access our survey, which will take about 10 minutes to complete:
https://online1.snapsurveys.com/ny4b8s

Thank you from all in OnFife - we really appreciate it!

A group of young wizards gathered at DCLG today to mark  . After the Sorting Hat ceremony we made magical mandrakes, des...
12/10/2023

A group of young wizards gathered at DCLG today to mark . After the Sorting Hat ceremony we made magical mandrakes, designed some dynamic new shops for Diagon Alley and quizzed the wizards on their Harry Potter knowledge. It was no surprise they all passed with flying colours. While the mandrakes went home with their makers, we've kept the Diagon Alley designs to display in the children's department until the end of the month. Look out for them from next week.

⚔️ The Vikings are storming their way to Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries! ⚔️Join Dr Alan Macniven in learning m...
11/10/2023

⚔️ The Vikings are storming their way to Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries! ⚔️

Join Dr Alan Macniven in learning more about the Vikings this Autumn:

From their relationship with Scotland's indigenous peoples at the Vikings, Picts, and the Birth of Scotland lecture on 14 October. Book here: https://www.onfife.com/event/vikings-picts-and-the-birth-of-scotland-oe65/

To the origins of Loki, Odin, and Thor, at the Gods of the Vikings lecture on 17 November. ⚡ Book here: https://www.onfife.com/event/the-gods-of-the-vikings-oe66/

Visit our Community Gallery to see Bodyworks, a new exhibition exploring women’s attitudes to body marks. The innovative...
11/10/2023

Visit our Community Gallery to see Bodyworks, a new exhibition exploring women’s attitudes to body marks. The innovative exhibition by a group of artists and writers from Fife, Central region and Edinburgh explores the feelings women have about the marks on their bodies, both natural and acquired. The artists engaged with a number of womens' groups over the past few months, in Fife and Edinburgh and works on display include paintings, fabric sculptures, manipulated mannequins, constructed textiles, artists' books and poems. The artists taking part are , , and Carol Mason alongside writer Linda Menzies.

Bodyworks runs until 31 December.


The October holidays have begun and that means it's HQ EXPLORER PAST-PORT time once again.The challenge begins again tod...
07/10/2023

The October holidays have begun and that means it's HQ EXPLORER PAST-PORT time once again.

The challenge begins again today and will run for 2 weeks. Families can take part in free activities at the Abbey Church of Dunfermline, Dunfermline Abbey Nave, Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum and here at DCLG. Visit each venue - in one day or over several - to take part and explore Dunfermline's fascinating past.

Pick up a PAST-PORT at any of the four venues and remember to get it stamped after each activity.


We have two exciting Vikings events coming up for you in October!Our second art workshop is happening on Thursday 19 Oct...
02/10/2023

We have two exciting Vikings events coming up for you in October!

Our second art workshop is happening on Thursday 19 October – call 01383 602365 or visit us at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries - Reading Room to book your space. The workshop is FREE, but booking is required.

On Saturday 14 October at 11am, come along to Vikings, Picts and the Birth of Scotland. Join Dr Alan Macniven from the University of Edinburgh’s department of Scandinavian Studies to find out more about the Vikings’ relationship with Scotland’s indigenous peoples from the 8th – 13th century.

Tickets only £5 – visit our website to book:

https://www.onfife.com/event/vikings-picts-and-the-birth-of-scotland-oe65/

Calling all young readers from P4-P7. Do you love reading and talking about books? Our Booky Readers Book Group here at ...
01/10/2023

Calling all young readers from P4-P7. Do you love reading and talking about books?

Our Booky Readers Book Group here at DCLG could be just the thing for you. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 4-4:45pm during term time. Come along and join in with book-related games, competitions, book swaps and displays. Last month the group members produced some amazing posters inspired by the book they'd just read.

Call 01383 602365 to book a free place or speak to a member of staff when you're in.

So much to see in this 1970s image of Carnegie Street. The view was taken from the Fire Station and shows a few local la...
28/09/2023

So much to see in this 1970s image of Carnegie Street. The view was taken from the Fire Station and shows a few local landmarks - Opera House, Dunfermline Upper Station and the old Mitchells factory. Any memories of these days?



📷 Morris Allan

26/09/2023

📢SUMMER READING CHALLENGE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT! 📢
Well done to all the kids that took part, and HUGE congrats to the lucky winners of the author visit and Amazon gift cards. You were ALL awesome! 🎉🏆👏🏻

Address

1-7 Abbot Street
Dunfermline
KY127NL

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

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+441383602365

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