The Dick Institute


The Dick Institute will now be CLOSED FOR 3 WEEKS from Tuesday 24th July to accommodate Phase 2 of the library refurbishment programme – reopening Tuesday 14th August at 10am.  Library services are available at Crosshouse and Whatriggs Community Libraries (opening hours below).

The Mobile Library will also be visiting the Dick Institute on the following days:

Wednesday 25th July, 9.30am-4.30pm

Thursday 2nd August, 9.30am-4.30pm  

Wednesday 8th August, 9.30am-4.30pm 



Crosshouse Library, Crosshouse Area Centre, Annandale Gardens, CROSSHOUSE, KA2 0LE

Tel: 01563 503290

Opening hours (during Dick Institute closure) 

Tuesday/Wednesday:  10am-1.40pm & 2-6pm

Thursday:  1-4.40pm & 5-8pm

Friday/Saturday:  10am-4pm


Whatriggs Library, Whatriggs Primary School, Whatriggs Road, BELLFIELD, KA1 3SZ

Tel: 01563 503095

Opening hours

Wednesday:  10am-4pm

Thursday:  1-4.40pm & 5-8pm

Friday:  10am-4pm


We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Opened in 1901, the Dick Institute is one of the most important cultural venues in the south-west of Scotland, featuring the largest museum and galleries space in Ayrshire as well as East Ayrshire's central library.

The lending library, audio library, junior library and learning centre are all housed on the ground floor. The library offers a host of resources as well as regular Bookbug sessions, meet the author events and much more.

I love My Library because... "My two children can colour in, select their favourite DVDs and read literally dozens of books; we come every week and there is always something new to see & do!" Ian Heron Kilmarnock (Winner National Library Day Slogan - Dick Institute)

Free Wi-Fi

Library members and visitors can use laptops, mobile devices and phones to access free Wi-Fi at the Dick Insitute and the following local libraries:-








This project is supported by the Scottish Government Public Library Improvement Fund


Find out more about the latest  events at the Dick Institute and our other venues using the links below.

Library Opening Hours

Tuesday &  Wednesday 10am-6pm

Thursday 1pm-8pm

Friday & Saturday 10am-4pm

Closed Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays - Sept 16 & December 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30.


Tel: 01563 554300