Delve deep at Carnegie Library and unearth Ayr’s hidden past

September 25, 2017

Tuesday 26 September – Tuesday 31 October 2017

A special exhibition in Ayr Carnegie Library’s non-fiction lending area showcasing the original source material which has informed the professional archaeologists, as they prepare to dig deeper, and investigate what lies at the heart of Auld Toun. The Riverside Block on Ayr’s High Street occupies part of the earliest core of the Royal Burgh as laid out after the grant of its charter in 1205. Sitting between the late C15th Auld Bridge, and the C18th New Bridge, the original C13th plots were laid out falling from the High Street to the River Ayr. Representing Ayr’s commercial past, and the epitome of its 20th century development, this plot was never expected to become available as a site of interest.

Visit the Carnegie’s Local History department to see the maps, photographs and books which helped the Archaeologists understand the history of the site over 800 years, and, provide the clues as to what the dig might reveal!



September Public Holidays 2017

September 21, 2017

All of our libraries will close for the public holiday weekend on Friday 22 September 2017 and will re-open on Tuesday 26 September 2017.

If you need to renew library items you can do so on our online catalogue. Please note: your library card number and PIN will be required.

Don’t forget, even when the library is closed members can still download eBooks and eAudio books, read online magazines and newspapers and access many of our online resources.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Forehill Library

September 20, 2017

Come along and bring a smile to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Forehill Library. The library staff would love your help to raise funds for this worthwhile cause, so please drop by if you can.

Thursday 28 September between 2pm and 4pm

Forehill Library, 31-33 Mount Oliphant Crescent, Ayr KA7 3EN
Tel: 01292 265591

Tell your story on ‘Read an eBook Day’

September 18, 2017

Today (Monday 18 September) is Read an eBook Day, a celebration of modern storytelling. Be a part of the festivities by checking out your favourite eBook and join the conversation.

Share with us

Share what you’re reading and why you love eBooks using the hashtag #eBookLove on social media and you could be in with a chance to win a Kobo Aura ONE from our eBook provider.

What to read

Not sure what to read? Browse our eBook website for a fantastic selection of bestsellers, award winners and latest releases – we even have a section just for Kids and Teens.

South Ayrshire Library members can borrow up to six eBooks or eAudio books at a time and place up to 4 holds, completely FREE. For help and advice on using our eBook service please visit our eBook help pages or visit your local library.

Have you met Libby yet?

eBooks enable you to take the stories and authors you love with you anytime, anywhere. If you have a smartphone, tablet or computer you can be connected to a world of literature whether you’re sitting on your couch, on a plane and anywhere in between. Find out how you can enjoy titles instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.

Michael J. Malone talks about his new book ‘House of Spines’ at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

September 7, 2017

Local author and prize-winning poet Michael Malone will be joining us at Carnegie Library for the launch of his new psychological thriller ‘House of Spines’ on Thursday 14 September at 7pm.

House of Spines Social Media

House of Spines by Michael J. Malone

Ran McGhie’s world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental-health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow’s oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who appears to have been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up. Entering his new-found home, he finds that Great-Uncle Fitzpatrick has turned it into a temple to the written word – the perfect place for poet Ran. But everything is not as it seems. As he explores the Hall’s endless corridors, Ran’s grasp on reality appears to be loosening. And then he comes across an ancient lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror…the reflection of a woman … A terrifying psychological thriller with more than a hint of the Gothic, House of Spines is a love letter to the power of books, and an exploration of how lust and betrayal can be deadly…

Library members can place a request for Michael’s new book on our online library catalogue or in any South Ayrshire Library.

About the author

Michael has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK and Blood Tears, his bestselling debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize from the Scottish Association of Writers. His other published work includes: Carnegie’s Call (a non-fiction work about successful modern-day Scots); A Taste for Malice; The Guillotine Choice; Beyond the Rage and The Bad Samaritan. His psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie, was a number one bestseller.

This is a free event, no need to book.
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street Ayr KA8 8EB, Tel: 01292 286385

New Bookbug Sessions August – November 2017

August 21, 2017

Catch the reading bug at your local library!

Come along and join us for these free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families to enjoy together. Each session lasts around 30 minutes and includes songs, stories, and rhymes. There is usually no need to book (except for Troon and Symington sessions), they take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one.

Session dates, time and locations

The new sessions dates, times and locations are available to view on our blogonline events calendar, or download our Bookbug Sessions leaflet.

Ayr Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB Tel: 01292 286385

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Monday at 1.45pm
28 August – 27 November (except 25 Sept & 16 Oct)

Bookbug Toddler (for 18 months to 4 years)
Every Tuesday at 10.30am
29 August – 28 November (except 17 Oct)

Baby Bookbug (for birth to 18 months)
Every Thursday at 10.30am
31 August – 30 November (except 19 Oct)

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Saturday at 11am
2 September – 2 December (except 21 Oct)

Alloway Library, Doonholm Road, Alloway KA7 4QQ Tel: 01292 442395

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Thursday at 10.15am & 11am
24 August – 12 October and
26 October – 14 December

Forehill Library, 31-33 Mount Oliphant Crescent, KA7 3EN Tel: 01292 265591

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Wednesday at 10.30am
6 September – 29 November (except 18 Oct)

Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan  KA26 9HE Tel: 01465 712813

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Friday at 10.30am
1 September – 1 December

(except 22 Sept, 13 & 20 Oct)

Maybole Library, 1 High Street, Maybole KA19 7AB Tel: 01655 883044

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Tuesday at 2pm
29 August – 26 September

John Rodie Library, Annbank Road, Mossblown KA6 5BH Tel: 01292 520792

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Friday at 1.30pm
1 September – 24 November

Prestwick Library, 14 Kyle Street, Prestwick KA9 1PQ Tel: 01292 476769

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Wednesday at 2pm
30 August – 29 November (except 18 Oct)

Symington Library, 15 Brewlands Road, Symington KA1 5QZ Tel: 01563 830066

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Thursday at 2pm
24 August – 12 October and
2 November – 21 December

Tarbolton Library, Tarbolton Community Campus, Montgomerie Street, Tarbolton KA5 5QB Tel: 01292 541211

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Every Friday at 1.30pm
25 August – 6 October and
27 October – 22 December

Troon Library, South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF Tel: 01292 315352

Bookbug (for birth to 4 years)
Every Wednesday at 9.15am and 2.15pm
30 August – 29 November (except 18 Oct)
To book phone Tel: 01292 315352

Please note: Booking is essential for Troon Library Bookbug sessions.


You don’t have to go down to the deep dark wood to meet the Gruffalo…just come down to Forehill Library!

August 8, 2017

You don’t have to go down to the deep dark wood to meet the Gruffalo…just come down to Forehill Library! He loves cuddles and sharing a story – so it’s lucky he’s had lots of little visitors over the school holidays to keep him company.

We’ve been very busy at the library with superhero crafts, LEGO sessions and the very talented sewing group made some amazing tie-dye t-shirts and pom-poms!

Join us for more craft fun tomorrow at Forehill from 2.15pm – 3.15pm.
Suitable for ages 5-11 years. To book your free place Tel: 01292 265591.

Do you wear an NHS hearing aid? Come along to the free drop in clinics at your local library

August 1, 2017


Learn about the different services available. Find out how to care for your hearing aid, pick up batteries and get tubing changed at Action on Hearing Loss drop-in clinics in our libraries.  For more details about these events contact Donna McSwiggan Tel: 01563 539900 / 07429 199617.

Alloway Library, Doonholm Road, Ayr KA7 4QQ
Tel: 01292 442395

Thursday 24th August 2017,  10am -12noon
Thursday 28th September 2017, 10am -12noon

Maybole Library, 1 High Street, Maybole KA19 7AB
Tel: 01655 883044

Thursday 21st September 2017, 10am – 12noon

Prestwick Library, 14 Kyle Street, Prestwick KA9 1PQ
Tel: 01292 476769

Monday 21st August 2017, 10am – 12noon
Monday 18th September 2017, 10am – 12noon

Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF
Tel: 01292 315352

Tuesday 5th September 2017, 2pm -4pm

Meet Libby… A fresh and easy way to borrow and read from your library

July 11, 2017

Download ‘Libby’, the new app to let you discover and instantly enjoy thousands of ebooks and audiobooks FREE from your library.

  • Ground-breaking ebook reader, and a beautiful audiobook player.
  • It only takes a few taps to find and borrow a title.
  • Download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space.
  • Sample any book with a tap – nothing to download or delete.
  • Perfect for travelling or when you are on the ‘go’.
  • Try a zoomable graphic novel, or a picture book with readalong audio.

To find out more visit

Create your own Comic Book at Alloway Library

July 6, 2017

Tuesday 18 July, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Tuesday 1 August, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Free events suitable for ages 5-11 years.

To book your place please telephone 01292 442395
or visit Alloway Library.