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DCL&G Reading Room

Welcome to the beautiful Reading Room in Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries

Book shelves at DCLG

This is the space where you can research your family history, find out about the history of your house, street or town and consult our reference collection for answers that can’t always be found on the internet. This is also a great place to study as each desk is equipped with its own light and power socket adding to the calm and studious atmosphere. If you have a local studies enquiry please email localstudies.dunfermline@onfife.com, ask at the desk or ring 01383 602365. If you have time to spare come and have a browse through our extensive photo collection, local maps or local studies books . Ancestry institution.co.uk is freely available on every public PC, we have a full range of historic local newspapers on microfilm and our staff are very knowledgeable about  useful websites, online sources and how to do local research. 

*No food or drink (except bottled water) is allowed in the room and if you are using any of our resources we ask that you use a pencil.

Booking a Local Studies visit

While restrictions are in place, we will be providing a tailored, one-to-one visitor service at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries. 

Use the online booking forms to book a one-hour appointment up to two weeks in advance. ​If you need to book further ahead please phone the library. 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.  

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When visiting, we ask that you: 

  • Bring your appointment email or another form of identification 
  • Wear a face covering 
  • 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.