Pittenweem Library has several funding streams, all of them crucial to our continued existence. The most important are:

  • Sales in the library– we sell donated second-hand books, cards and local maps and guides. Occasional featured sales such as arts and crafts created by local community groups and other table top sales at various times. We also charge a small fee for photocopying and printing.
  • Fund-raising events– these include raffles and our programme of evening talks.
  • Donations from supporters– these come in various forms, including our donation box in the Library and our Friends of Pittenweem Library scheme, which raises money specifically to buy new stock.
  • Rental of our premises – during the Pittenweem Arts Festival our space is transformed into a gallery to exhibit the work of a leading artist.
  • Grants from charitable trusts and Fife Council for specific purposes, such as heating improvements and publication costs. In June 2019 Fife Council agreed to pay the cost of repairs to the windows and stonework of our historic building from the Common Good Fund with the work being completed in 2020.
  • Local business support– local cafes, shops and enterprises have been keen to sponsor our Welcome to Pittenweem leaflets.
  • Support from other charities – for example in June 2019 the “Gardens in the Burgh” event allocated 60% of the proceeds to the library.