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Please note some of our venues will close during the Bank Holiday weekend - click below for details.

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The Dick Institute

The stunning Dick Institute houses East Ayrshire’s central library as well as the largest museum and galleries space in Ayrshire.

The lending library, junior library and digital space are all housed on the ground floor. The library offers a host of resources as well as regular Bookbug sessions, meet the author events, art classes, Little Explorer groups and much more.

Bookbug What's On

Spend some time with your favourite author and enjoy a barista coffee and home baking in the café.

There’s a great selection of books for all ages and interests and library members also get free access to BorrowBox. Download the app and browse hundreds of ebooks and audiobooks giving you access to your favourite authors 24/7.

The refurbished Digital Space plays host to a number of activities. For younger members there are digital sessions including Minecraft and Coding Clubs and our Digital Lounge sessions are ideal for those who need some expert advice on using their tablets and devices. The venue also offers free WiFi for visitors. 

Museum & Galleries

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)

Venue Details

  • Contact Details

    Elmbank Avenue
    Kilmarnock
    KA1 3BU

    Enquiries:

    Call 01563 554300
    info@eastayrshireleisure.com

    For School Or Groups:

    info@eastayrshireleisure.com

  • Opening Hours

    • Sunday: CLOSED
    • Monday: CLOSED
    • Tuesday: 10am - 6pm
    • Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
    • Thursday: 1pm - 8pm
    • Friday: 10am - 4pm
    • Saturday: 10am - 4pm
  • Facilities

    • Wheelchair Access
    • Disabled Toilet Facilities
    • Car Parking
    • Lift Access
    • Available for Hire
    • Cafe
    • Car parking nearby
    • Baby Changing Facilities
    • Toilets

Venue Details

  • Contact Details

    Elmbank Avenue
    Kilmarnock
    KA1 3BU

    Enquiries:

    Call 01563 554300
    info@eastayrshireleisure.com

    For School Or Groups:

    info@eastayrshireleisure.com

  • Opening Hours

    • Sunday: CLOSED
    • Monday: CLOSED
    • Tuesday: 10am - 6pm
    • Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
    • Thursday: 1pm - 8pm
    • Friday: 10am - 4pm
    • Saturday: 10am - 4pm
  • Facilities

    • Wheelchair Access
    • Disabled Toilet Facilities
    • Car Parking
    • Lift Access
    • Available for Hire
    • Cafe
    • Car parking nearby
    • Baby Changing Facilities
    • Toilets

For Sat Nav

The postcode is KA1 3BU. The venue is signposted once you are in Kilmarnock and there is car parking around the venue. Alternatively there is town centre parking and the Dick Institute is a 5 minute walk from the centre of town.

Arriving by Train

Exit the train station and cross the road ahead, bear left along West George St, turn right at Gala Bingo and proceed down the pedestrian precinct to The Cross. Look diagonally to the left and you will see Burns Mall. Make your way across the mall, exit the glass doors and proceed through the underpass to the venue on the corner of Green Street and London Road where you will see the Palace Theatre. From here walk up London Road, past the Grand Hall and the Dick Institute is a 5 min walk.

Arriving by Bus

Exit the bus station at the south side either through the mall (turn right into the mall then left to the bottom of the mall and left again to exit the mall and proceed through the underpass). Alternatively exit through the perspex tunnel in the bus station and cross Green Street where you will see the Palace Theatre. From here walk up London Road, past the Grand Hall and the Dick Institute is a 5 min walk.