Thursday, 18 May 2017

Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries opens

Dunfermline's new £12.4 million Carnegie Library & Galleries ( has officially opened today. The project, a Fife Council development with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, commenced construction.

To celebrate its opening a porgramme of activities is underway for the first week, details of which can be accessed at This includes a series of family history tasters at 11am each morning from today until Wed 24th May (excluding Sunday) - see to book a free place.

From the facility's latest newsletter (

The new Reading Room combines the reference and local studies departments into one beautifully designed space. 12 public access pcs will supplement the extensive range of books about the local area as well as family history sources, newspapers, maps and photographs. There is plenty of space to study once you have finished contemplating the inspiring historic view. Local Archives as well as the unique special and rare books collections will be available for research by appointment in our new search room. If there was a competition for the most beautiful library space in Scotland we think the Reading Room would certainly be a winner.

Visit Scotland has noted several key features with the new facility at, including:

A new Local Studies Centre - Visitors will be free to browse Dunfermline’s wide-ranging collection of local history archives, books and photographs in a purpose built study space. Special emphasis will be given to exploring some of the town’s hidden gems, including the Murison Burns Collection, a significant collection of books and memorabilia relating to Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns, and the George Reid collection of illuminated manuscripts and early books.

Preservation and celebration of the world’s first Carnegie Library - The new development of a modern children’s library and the preservation and conservation of existing facilities within this historic building will create a cultural hub and learning resource for local residents and visitors alike.

Te local Dunfermline press has an article on the opening also at

Looks like a great facility!


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1 comment:

  1. I was one of the first people to visit this morning. It is a great facility and very useful for anyone doing family history on ancestors from the local area.