About Pittenweem Community Library

Why is it a Community Library?

Pittenweem Community Library and Information Centre is managed and run by volunteers who committed to maintaining a library service in Pittenweem after it was closed by Fife Council.

How is the Library Funded?

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. We also charge a small fee for photocopying and printing.
  • Fund-raising events– these include coffee mornings, raffles, film nights and our programme of evening talks.
  • Donations from supporters– these come in various forms, including our donation box in the Library. We are launching our new Friends of Pittenweem Library scheme, which aims to raise money 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.
  • 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. 

Pittenweem Community Library and Information Centre is a community-run library.

The library was run by Fife Council until its closure in February 2017. After initially campaigning against closure, community members in Pittenweem decided to re-open the library as Pittenweem Community Library and Information Centre.

A team of volunteers, led by three trustees, worked hard to reopen the Library in its new form. The reopening took place in July 2017, in the original library building. Pittenweem Community Library and Information Centre offers books and DVDs for loan, public access computers and a range of local and tourist information.

Since its opening, the Library has extended its team of volunteers and expanded its activities. In addition to regular group activities on the premises, the Library organises educational talks and film evenings.

Children from the local Primary and Nursery visit the Library with their teachers to borrow books and take part in activities organised by volunteers.

Our Facebook page is a major source of information for Library and community events.

Pittenweem Community Library and Information Centre provides something for everyone