Dunfermline Carnegie Library

The Local History Department, Dunfermline Carnegie Library, Abbot Street, Dunfermline, Fife KY12 7NL.
Tel. 01383 602365
Fax 01383 602307
email: dunfermline.library@fife.gov.uk

Opening hours:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri : 9.30 am - 7  pm
Wed, Sat : 9.30 am - 5 pm

Fife Council's Library webpage.

The Library has an extensive Local History Department which contains a wealth of original manuscript material as well as printed volumes, typescript indexes, notes, etc. of much value for the genealogist. The collection covers the area formerly known as Dunfermline District, i.e. roughly the triangle between Kincardine, Aberdour and Ballingry.

In addition, the more recent archives of the former burghs of Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath, Culross, Inverkeithing and Lochgelly are being incorporated into the local history department here.

There are also some records for Culross at the Fife Council Archive Centre.

The Local History Department produces a series of leaflets for those researching family or local history. "Family History Research - the ancestor hunter's ABC in Dunfermline District" is a detailed guide to research and sources available in the local history collection (price £1.50). The following list of sources is taken from this publication. There are numerous other sources, both manuscript and printed, available in this large local collection.

Computer terminals allow free access to ancestry.co.uk (for library members), the Scran collection of photographs, and the Statistical Accounts for Scotland.

Library staff will assist with research where they can, but it is not possible for them to carry out extensive or open-ended research on behalf of readers.

You can download a list of census and OPR films, newspapers, directories, and valuation rolls held by Fife Council libraries.

Monumental Inscriptions & Burial Records:

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Directories, almanacs, registers, etc.:

Voters rolls, valuation rolls, lists of ratepayers, etc.:

Burgh & Official Records:

Additional Church Records:

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Trade & Work Records:

Military Records (most including lists of officers &/or men, & rolls of honour):

Clubs, Societies & other social groups:

Poor Relief Records:

Newspapers (available on microfilm):

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Family & Estate Records:


General Works including:

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