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Methil Library

Wellesley Road, Methil, Leven, Fife KY8 3QR.
Tel. 01334 659374, Fax: 01334 659491;
email: methil.library[at][dot]uk

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

The library has a Family History Room which houses a small local collection of genealogical and historical interest.

There are film and fiche readers (for which booking is advised).

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

There is no Local History Librarian and no research help can be provided by library staff.

You can download  lists of newspapers, directories, and valuation rolls held by Fife Council libraries.

Local and Family History Material held includes:

  • International Genealogical Index (Scotland)
  • Index to the Christenings and Marriages in the Old Parish Registers (Fife)
  • Old Parish Registers (microfilm) for all parishes in Fife
  • Index to Registers of Deeds (Scotland) 1661-1696


  • Census Returns 1841 - 1901 (microfilm) for all parishes in Fife
  • Census index 1891 (Fife)
  • Census index 1881 (Angus, Ayrshire, Clackmannan, Fife, Inverness, Kinross, Lanark, Midlothian, Orkney, Perth, Renfrew, Ross & Cromarty)
  • Census index 1851 (south east Fife)
  • Census indexes 1851 (parishes in Fife - in progress)
  • Census index 1851 Kinross

Newspapers (all on microfilm):

  • East Fife Mail (1966-1967)
  • Fife Mail (1965-1966)
  • Leven Mail (1940-1965)
  • Leven Advertiser & Buckhaven and Methil News (1897-1899, 1903-1905)
  • Leven Advertiser & Wemyss Gazette (1900-1902, 1906 - 1939)
  • Fife Advertiser 1844-1845 (paper copy)
  • list of newspapers in Fife libraries

Published books:

  • Old Statistical Account of Scotland (Sinclair) - whole of Scotland
  • Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland
  • History of Newport (Neish)
  • The Croft House Andersons
  • Annals of Pittenweem (Cook)
  • Rambles in the parishes of Scoonie and Wemyss (Cunningham)
  • Fife Pictorial & Historical
  • Kirkcaldy Directory 1885, 1894
  • Parish Register of Dunfermline 1561-1685 (transcription) plus Index
  • Index of Particular Register of Sasines - Fife 1603-1609; 1617-1660
  • a large collection of genealogy and family history textbooks

Monumental Inscriptions & Burial Records:

  • Churchyard Memorials of Crail (Beveridge)
  • Kinglassie Burials 1832-1948
  • Collessie Churchyard (Rae-Arnot)
  • Markinch Northhall Interments 1888-1916
  • Markinch Northhall Burials 1854-1870
  • Markinch Burial Ground (surrounding the parish church) Burials 1853-1856
  • Monumental Inscriptions (pre-1855) in East Fife (Mitchell)
  • Monumental Inscriptions (pre-1855) in West Fife (Mitchell)
  • Auchtermuchty Burials & Monumental Inscriptions
  • Burials & Lair Books for Kirkcaldy (Pathhead), Crail and Dunbog - various dates

Other Fife Material:

  • Some Fife Apprentices & Freemen (Burntisland, Cupar, St Andrews, Dunfermline) 1524-1899
  • Burgh Court Deeds of Fife
  • Sheriff Court Deeds 1715-1809
  • Commissary Court Deeds 1700-1809
  • Fife Deaths Abroad
  • Fife Deaths from Newspapers
  • Finding Fife's Medical Records (Patterson)
  • Commissariot of St Andrews: Index of Testaments
  • Fife Shopkeepers & Traders 1820-1870
  • booklets listing various Burgess Rolls (Dobson)
  • booklets about Presses in Fife
  • all Fife Family History Society publications, including indexes to various Baptismal & Marriage Registers pre-1855
  • Materials (books, papers, family histories) donated by members of Fife Family History Society
  • booklets and newspaper cuttings about local history, especially in the Wemyss, Buckhaven, Leven area
  • photographs of Methil