Reading Room

Photographer Steven Carty

The new Reading Room combines the Reference and Local Studies functions in a beautiful study space.

Whether you want to use one of our 12 public access computers, access a stunning range of reference books or find out about the history of your house, your street, your town or your family -the Reading Room is the place to visit.

Our specialist areas are Dunfermline and the West Fife villages and this is reflected in the book stock, maps, newspapers and photographs which are easily accessible and catalogued for your use.

We are especially lucky in Dunfermline having had such philanthropic citizens who have left a variety of beautiful collections to the library including those of George Reid, John Murison and Erskine Beveridge. All of these collections are available for consultation by appointment along with a wider range of archival material than before including Dean of Guild plans and cemetery records.

Keep an eye on our website for classes in family history and our monthly series of talks on local subjects.

Book a Local Studies visit HERE

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

You can now book a one-hour appointment online. 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.  

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 are will be unable to extend the your one-hour slots on the same day if there is another person booked after you. Exceeding to the one-hour limit will impact on the next visitor. 

Use this form to make your booking.

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