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Reviewed: 16 April, 2021

Libraries, Museums & Local Studies reopening from Monday 26 April

From 26 April, we are delighted to be welcoming back members into our Libraries. Intially we will be able to offer a Limited Browsing service in many of our branches, which means a restricted number of people in the branch at any one time.  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 are also still offering our  Connect and Collect service.

As you would expect in all our venues there will be safety measures in place to ensure the wellbeing of our staff and visitors and everyone must follow Scottish Government FACTS guidelines.

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

New dates for indoor theatre shows

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 Council, Fife 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.

Tickets on sale for Jack Vettriano: The Early Years exhibition

We’re delighted to announce that tickets are now on general release for Jack Vettriano: The Early Years exhibition in 2022.

The exhibition, co-curated with the artist, is a celebration of his extraordinary career and will bring together works he painted in his 20s until he moved to London in 2000.

Uncertainty over when social distancing and travel restrictions will be lifted had meant we had to postpone this highly-anticipated show until next year so we could give visitors the great experience we had planned.

It will now take place from 17 June to 23 October, 2022.

The postponement does come with a silver lining, however, as the exhibition will run for an additional two months, allowing far greater access than was previously possible and giving more people the opportunity to attend over the summer and October holiday periods next year.

The exhibition has generated worldwide interest as it will feature early paintings by Vettriano, including nearly a dozen produced before he decided to become a full-time artist and are signed Jack Hoggan, his birth name.

In recognition of the process of development and evolution that has taken him from the self-taught artist who was turned down by art college to one of the world’s most highly sought after living painters, Vettriano decided the time was right to publicly acknowledge some of his earliest works and has chosen to return to Fife where he was born and spent his formative years.

Book tickets for the Jack Vettriano: The Early Years exhibition.

Connect and Collect

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 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.

Our online library service has switched from RB Digital to Libby Wed 24 March

Our e-book, e-audio and e-magazine service has changed. On 24 March we moved to Libby! Find out how to get started with Libby below.

The Libby app is the easiest way to get started with digital books, audiobooks, and magazines from your public library! 

  1. Install the Libby app from the app store on your Android or iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) device. Or, visit in your Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge browser. 
  2. In Libby, follow the prompts to find your library and sign in with a valid library card.
  3. Browse your library’s collection and borrow a title. 
  4. Borrowed titles appear under Shelf > Loans and download to the app automatically when you're on Wi-Fi, so you can read them when you’re offline.
  5. From your Loans, you can: Tap Read With... to choose whether you'd like to open a book in Kindle (U.S. libraries only) or Libby. Tap Open Audiobook or Open Magazine to start reading or listening to that title.Tap Manage Loan to see options like Renew and Return. 

Watch the video below to see what great things Libby can offer you!


Celebrate the anniversary of one of Scotland's best-loved artists with an online exhibition 

With their vibrant paintwork and luminous settings, the works of Scottish colourist Samuel Peploe are the perfect pick-me-up for the dark days of winter and these travel-restricted times.  

A virtual exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Peploe on Wednesday 27 January was launched featuring work from the collection managed by OnFife. 

With 46 of the artist’s paintings, Kirkcaldy Art Gallery has the biggest group of Peploes outside National Galleries Scotland – thanks, principally, to the superb collection of Kirkcaldy linen manufacturer J W Blyth, the maternal grandfather of journalist and broadcaster Michael Portillo. A significant part of the Blyth Collection was bought by Kirkcaldy Town Council in the 1963.  

Exhibition curator Lesley Lettice says the display offers inspiration in our present circumstances: “We are all living under tight travel restrictions and are probably walking the same few routes for our daily exercise, seeing the same views and landmarks and perhaps feeling a bit underwhelmed by the familiar. His work can inspire us to take pleasure in the little things and try to look at them with new eyes each day.”  

Explore the exhibition, which is on the national Art UK website.

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