Dalbeattie Library in the High Street is open as follows:

Monday - 9.30am to 4.30pm

Tuesday - 9am to noon

Wednesday - 9.30am to 4.30pm

Thursday - 1pm to 6pm

Friday - 9.30am to 5.30pm

Saturday - 10am to 1pm

Click here to join the Library

More information on our library services throughout Dumfries and Galloway, visit the Dumfries and Galloway Council website or call Dalbeattie Library on 01556 610898.

Oxford Online

We are delighted to announce that the library service now has a subscription to one of the most prestigious sets of reference books online. The books are Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Grove Art Online, Grove Music Online, Who's Who, Who was Who, Oxford Reference Online and the Oxford English Dictionary. Available in every library and from home to library members.


Over 100 reference publications provide a comprehensive resource for everybody in the UK. Most are unique to KnowUK and are not available elsewhere online. Available in every library and from home to library members.

Proquest (formerly NewsUK)
NewsUK is an archive of all the national newspapers, many regional papers and leading magazines such as the Economist, Spectator and New Statesman. Available in every library and from home to library members. Please note that articles are normally posted 1 day after printed publication.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica has re-launched its web site for 2006. Encyclopaedia Britannica, the most famous reference source in the world, now comes in three versions. Each is targeted at a specific age range: Britannica Junior for under 12s, Britannica Student for 12-18s and Encyclopaedia Britannica for over 18s. All are available online at any library and from home for library members.

The Library Service no longer purchases hard copies of newspapers, other than local titles. You have probably already realised that although NewsUK is a great resource, it works a day behind. For up to date news, it would probably be better to use a site such as the BBC. Their Scottish based section of the news pages can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/news/scotland

Online versions of some of our local papers are also available. This includes the Dumfries and Galloway Standard and Galloway News, The Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press, The Galloway Gazette  and The Cumberland News.

Dumfries and Galloway Libraries are delighted to announce the arrival of  the Library Edition of ancestry.com one of the major online genealogy research sites. Access is available in all our libraries. Please note, the site cannot be accessed from home.

Other Library Services

Mobile Library Timetables

There are four mobile libraries serving rural communities in Dumfries and Galloway. Click here to find out when and where the mobile library stops in your area. Choose a location from the drop down list and it will display stops in that area, the time and frequency of visits and the actual dates of the next three visits.

If you would like to request a stop please contact the Central Support Unit on 01387 253820.

AudioVisual Hire

Did you know that as a library member you can hire DVDs as well as borrow books?  And, as with books, you can return hired items to any of our libraries.


We have a coin operated DIY photocopier for public use. Colour copying is also available from an inkjet scanner/copier/printer.

Charges: 10p per A4 B/W copy, 20p per A3 B/W copy, 60p per A4 colour copy.

Other facilities

  • Scanner
  • Photocopier
  • Microfiche reader

Go Online free at the Library

Internet access and use of our pcs and ancillary equipment including wi-fi are free to library members. Please remember to have your library card with you at all times.

Printing is charged at prevailing rates.

Email is available only via webmail accounts such as Hotmail and Yahoo. Some ISPs also provide web-based email for their customers.

Sessions last up to an hour but may be restricted to half an hour at busy times and are normally limited to 1 session per user per day. Extensions and further sessions can be granted at the discretion of the staff but cannnot be guaranteed.

No more than 2 people may share a terminal and both must present their membership card at the start of the session. Please abide by our acceptable use policy – details are on the pc screen immediately after the login page.

Sessions can be booked in the library, on the phone or via the internet from home. Click here  Wi-fi sessions can only be booked in person at the library. N.B. Printing is not available from wi-fi connections.

One of the machines has access to a colour scanner/printer/copier and all four have a DVD/CD writer drive to enable saving of your work. All have access to a B/W laser printer. Please note that our machines no longer accept floppy disks. Please do not attempt to force floppies into the machine. You can still save your work on a floppy if you wish - please ask the staff for the portable floppy disk drive.

Blank CDR discs and USB pendrives are on sale (subject to stocks), please ask the staff.

Please be aware of copyright regulations and ensure that you are entitled to copy and/or save material.