Get ready to explore and find out what’s on our doorstep this summer with GoFife – an amazing programme of activities and experiences for all ages in the kingdom.

We’ve teamed up with Fife Council, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, Fife Golf Trust, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust and Welcome to Fife to bring together fantastic activities as GoFife.

And a new one-stop website lets you discover how you can use this summer to get out and explore, stay active, get creative, find new places, have new experiences and create new memories.

There are activities for children, families and individuals from free swims to Café Inc, brilliant parks and walks, sports activities, exhibitions and events. Get out and explore. You’ll be surprised at what’s on our doorstep.

The GoFife website, with links to our activities and those of our GoFife partners, gives you inspiration and makes it easier to find out what’s on.

So what are you waiting for? Get exploring and get going! Visit the website and see where you’re going to GoFife.

And if you’re having fun, give us a shout out and share it with others using #GoFife #LoveFife.

We’re delighted to be working with the Leven Programme and Levenmouth Academy to inspire public engagement and positive action in Fife in the run up to and beyond the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow this November.

The partnership is one of just seven ‘Climate Beacons’ across Scotland funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Change and Culture Divisions, Creative Scotland, and Museums Galleries Scotland.

We will be working with others to channel the arts and build on climate action in the area.

They are eager to share stories of the proud industrial heritage and show the world how we can transform to a resilient low carbon community of the future.

The seven Climate Beacons will operate in the lead-up to, during, and after COP26, each utilising their own expertise and responding to the needs of their local area and communities with planned themes including Scotland’s temperate rainforests, industrial heritage, water, adaptation to climate change, land use, biodiversity, green jobs, and the recovery from COVID-19. Find out more about the Climate Beacons.

The alfresco café’s return is to everyone’s Advantage.

Open every Friday and Saturday, 10am – 6pm.

We’re buzzing with excitement for the return of our alfresco café and bar The Advantage to Kirkcaldy’s Adam Smith Theatre this Friday (28 May).

Visitors to the twice-weekly café/bar can expect starring roles from Kirkcaldy’s very own  Buffalo Farm. St Andrews too will have its name in lights with  St Andrews Brewing Co and Eden Mill Gin.

The Advantage is a great family-friendly place, overlooking the town’s Memorial Gardens, where customers can enjoy coffee, breakfast, lunch, drinks and cakes.

It will open at the front of the theatre on Fridays and Saturdays, from 10am – 6pm, until September. There’s no need to book – and if the weather isn’t performing, we’ll move indoors.

The Advantage will operate fully in line with Scottish Government guidelines and appropriate social distancing and there will also be a takeaway option.

Young book fans will be able to soak up seven days of fantastic stories, songs and crafts with Bookbug Week celebrations. 

We’re hosting a series of events for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers – all with a water-based theme.

Bookbug Week – which runs from 17-23 May – features competitions, activities, and giveaways galore. It’s jam packed with all kinds of watery tales – seaside books, fishy books, even drop-them-in-the-bath-books.

We’ve arranged guest appearances for young book lovers to enjoy.

All of the online events in Bookbug’s Big Splash are free to view through the OnFife Virtual LibrarYAY page.

But it isn’t just online. There’s a welcome chance to pop into a branch and pick up a Bookbug Baby and Toddler bag to help nurture that early love of books.

Find out more about OnFife Libraries Bookbug Week.

The pupils in 20 primary schools will be enjoying a fantastic event to launch the second Animal Spies novel – Mickey and The Trouble with Moles – by Fife-born author Anne Miller. 

A regular visitor to Tayport Library as a child, Anne now lives in London where she works as a ‘QI Elf’ – a writer and researcher for the BBC programme QI. 

Her second novel in the series sees hero Mickey return to the top-secret animal spy ring COBRA. But can she help crack the code? This interactive event will take place virtually, where pupils will learn all about the real life ‘animal spies’ during WW2 and marvel at Anne’s code-solving skills, before putting their own to the test! 

Follow OnFife Virtual LibrarYAY on Facebook for lots more activities and events to keep children and families entertained.

It’s finally here – welcome to our Ways to Wellbeing Festival.

We love sharing how we can help with positive wellbeing and this year is no different – we’ve just gone digital!

There’s Bookbug’s Big Splash, inspiring exhibitions, Let’s Talk Menopause’s Ruth Devlin’s fascinating insights into Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at our Mind Over Menopause event, dementia-friendly Moments in Time sessions on Facebook and lots more.

Find out more about what’s on offer here: Ways to Wellbeing Festival

Look out for Facebook posts throughout the month and remember to spread the word with friends and family and through your own social media.

OnFife Libraries, Museums and Galleries will be closed on Monday (3 May) for the Bank Holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back from Tuesday onwards – you can find opening hours on each venue’s page.

We’re delighted to open our doors again and welcome you back into our libraries, galleries and museums as of Monday 26 April.

To begin with it’s a Limited Browsing service in our libraries, which means a limited number of people in the branch at any one time, but you can select books, use public access PCs and other basic offerings such as photocopying, printing and collecting hearing aids batteries. Please check HERE to see the current opening times of our branches.

We’re continuing our Connect and Collect service if you’d still prefer to have your book selection put together for you and you can collect your books from the library door if you prefer.

And it’s great news for the museums too! We have three family-friendly exhibitions – Explore! at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries from Monday 26th and Blooming Marvellous at Kirkcaldy Galleries from Tuesday 27th. Art-tastic will open at St Andrews Museum as soon as current building work allows. Visits to our museums, galleries and local studies must be pre-booked which you can do HERE

When we made the decision to postpone last year, we did so fully expecting the uncertainty about indoor performances to have ended by spring. However, as this pandemic has shown us many times, there are factors that we can’t control. This is why we are planning for September but reviewing this again in June in line with Scottish Government guidance and its impact on capacity.

There is still lots going ON! For our Summer programme, alongside ShineOn Digital, we will be working with Fife CouncilFife Sports & Leisure and Fife Coast and Countryside to deliver a fun packed package of activities and experiences. More details coming soon.

Our Autumn Season focus from September will be ‘local’ – with a planned local return, by locals, for locals and with locals – and we are going to be working closely with all our amateur companies, who have been hit so badly during the pandemic, to try to achieve this.

We’re delighted to share that our Connect and Collect service is back.

The popular service – which had helped nearly 83,000 books go out on loan last year during Covid restrictions – had been put on hold in December.

One change is that collections will be at pre-arranged timeslots.

Find more details on our Connect and Collect page.

If you’re missing reading – or listening to – great books, you can also use our free digital service, which offers thousands of e-books, e-audio and e-magazines. Find out more here.

There’s also other great news! You can request books again from our online catalogue www.onfife.com/librarycat. We were busy buying some new stock while we were closed and it’s ready to be delivered to our libraries. We can only take requests for books we have in stock at the moment, but if there’s something we don’t have that you’d like to see in stock, you can let us know and we’ll consider it for next time we are buying.

You can make a request if you have your library card number and PIN.  Can’t remember your card number or PIN?  Just contact your local library and one of our staff will help you out.