Dunfermline Carnegie Library

Dunfermline Carnegie Library
Carnegie Library
Abbot Street
KY12 7NL




01383 312600


01383 312608

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Fife's biggest and busiest library is situated in the historic part of Dunfermline, next to the Abbey and Abbot House. It opened on 29th August 1883, making it the first Carnegie library in the world.

A Category B listed building, designed in the classic Tudor style, Dunfermline Carnegie Library retains many of its original interesting architectural features e.g. gargoyles, carvings and a traditional wrought iron balustrade.

The contents are as interesting as the building itself and include special collections donated by John Murison - the Burns collection - and George Reid - Mediaeval Manuscripts.

There's pay-parking close by, and the library's a short walk from Dunfermline's bus and train stations. When you get here, you'll find a huge range of books and services.

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Opening hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am-7pm; Wednesday and Saturday 9.30am-5pm

Closed Sundays.
Closed on 07 May 2007 and 16 Jul 2007 due to public holidays.

Additional info

Disabled Access: An automatic door and lift is available via the entrance on St. Margaret's Street. If the lift is out of order ramps can be made available at Abbot Street entrance - please ask a member of staff in main lending department.

The George Reid Collection
The Burn's Collection of Books and Manuscripts

Collection details