Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

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Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries,
1-7 Abbot Street,
KY12 7NL


01383 602365

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Please see information below on accessing the Museum and Gallery, Library and Local Studies at Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries

You don't have to book to use our library but  Museum, Gallery and Local Studies visits do need to be booked in advance.

Our temporary opening hours are:















 Book a visit to Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries HERE

We are delighted to have re-opened, and we’re really looking forward to seeing you! 

While restrictions are in place, the number of people we can have in the building at one time is limited. 

You can book a visit for up to 4 people. Please call us on 01383 602365 if your group size is larger than 4 people.

Use this form to make an online booking for a one-hour visit to the galleries (for 4 people or fewer). 

We are pleased to reopen with the critically acclaimed Lines From Scotland exhibition, curated by Amanda Game and commissioned by Fife Contemporary. It had only been open for three weeks before lockdown and we are delighted that it has now been extended until October. 

When visiting, we ask that all customers: 

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

Toilets will be open but on a one-person at a time basis. If there is a queue, please keep a two-metre distance from others. 

You are welcome to book multiple visits, but please be aware will be unable to extend your one-hour slot if there is another person booked in after you. Exceeding your one-hour slot will impact on the next visitor. We will only be able to accommodate visitors arriving without pre-booking if there is an available timeslot.

Use this form to book your visit.

Book a local studies visit HERE

We are delighted to be back and we’re really looking forward to seeing you! 

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

Use this form to 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: 

  1. Bring your appointment email or another form of identification 
  2. Wear a face covering 
  3. 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.

Visit the Library at Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries

Good news – we’re on our way back!

You can now visit the library at DCLG. As you would expect, there will be safety measures and restrictions in place to ensure the wellbeing of staff and customers. As we can only have a limited number of people in the building at one time, there will be a queuing system, you should wear a face covering if you can and keep your visit short.

Public access PCs will also be available again but with restrictions to allow for physical distancing and cleaning.

We can’t wait to see you. Follow this link for a video and more information on limited browsing



Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (DCL&G) - a museum, gallery spaces, café, shop and reading rooms all under one roof and all with FREE admission.


This spectacular award-winning building - including the EAA Building of the Year and Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland's (RIAS) Andrew Doolan prize - opened in 2017 and was designed to link seamlessly with the Carnegie Library, the first in the world to be opened by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1883.

It is also only the attraction in Dunfermline to be awarded VisitScotland’s highest five star rating for exceptional visitor experience.

As well as the library, it is home to a fantastic museum, great exhibition galleries, superb local history Reading Room, family-friendly children’s library and a mezzanine café with stunning views over the landscaped garden to Dunfermline Abbey and the Heritage Quarter.

As one of Scotland’s former ancient capitals, Dunfermline has both a remarkable royal history and an impressive industrial heritage. This past is brought to life in the museum with fascinating stories told through a series of special films, inspiring interviews, engaging computer games and, of course, our collections.

DCL&G is also part of a network of coworking hubs in Scotland's public libraries, providing dedicated work space for start-ups and small businesses.

Our lovely cafe is a popular favourite with regulars and visitors and is run by local company Heaven Scent - find out more at www.heavenscentcoffeeshop.co.uk.

Whether you're coming in to see one of our exciting exhibitions, visit the museum, research local history, work in our coworking hub relax in the cafe, you will always find a warm welcome at DCL&G.

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Lines from Scotland

Lines from Scotland

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Wed 12th Aug -
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