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Murray Library Trust – Exciting Opportunities!

The Trustees of the Murray Library are delighted to be in a position to award small grants to individuals or groups that advance either education or recreation, as per their Trust deed. 

The Trust was set up in 1908 by the executors of a local man, David Murray, who travelled to Australia and made his fortune there.  Libraries were set up in his name in Australia where he played an important role in politics.  On his death his wish to provide benefit to his home town was carried out with the building of the Murray Library.  Initially it provided a library for the young men of the town in an effort to keep them out of the pubs.  This did not prove a resounding success so a snooker hall was built behind the library building and it housed a couple of billiard tables.  This was a success and an addition to the hall was made to house two more tables.  Over the years many people enjoyed using these facilities but gradually the numbers playing snooker here dropped dramatically as licensed pubs with similar facilities became more popular.

Despite the best efforts of the then Trustees the building began to need a lot of money spent on it and there was little income from occasional lets. Generous grants from the Heritage Lottery Townscape Heritage Initiative, Historic and Environment Scotland Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme, Fife Historic Buildings Trust, Fife Environmental Trust, European Rural Development Fund and Fife Council were successfully gathered together to allow a total refurbishment of the total building at a cost of nearly £1,000,000.

Now that the front of the building houses the Murray Library Hostel, which is up and running, and the snooker halls have been converted in to the Murray Studio business units, that  are fully occupied, the Trustees have a better idea of their available funds for such charitable purposes.  The Trust is now a Company Limited by Guarantee and a Scottish Charity SC001142

Application forms can be obtained from or from the Company Secretary, Lorna Jones, 58, East Forth Street, Cellardyke.  These should be completed and returned by the end of August for the Trustees to consider. The Trustees look forward to helping people with educational or recreational ambitions.

Cllr Elizabeth Riches
Chairman of Murray Library

01333 310 688

Murray Library is a Scottish Guarantee Company (Company No. 509904)
Recognised as Scottish Charity under Scottish Charity No. SC001142
Registered Office: 58 East Forth Street, Cellardyke, Anstruther, Fife KY10 3AR


Murray Library Hostel’s Bright Future!

Anstruther will soon have a brand new hostel opening in the Murray Library.  The Trustees are delighted to have signed up an excellent and experienced operator who will be opening the hostel to the public on March 1st.  Cllr Riches, Chairman of the Trustees, said “Yann Sypniewski  has a wide ranging experience having worked in hostels in London, Spain, France and Scotland.  He obviously enjoys providing a welcoming environment for guests and works successfully with volunteers.  His ability to speak four languages is going to be an added bonus!  The Trustees look forward to supporting Yann in this exciting venture which should bring lots of benefits to Anstruther”.  Yann said “After years of running hostels around the world, I can’t wait to create a welcoming place in this vibrant community. I’m very grateful for this opportunity and hope that the Murray Library Hostel will not only become a popular choice for the tourists visiting Fife, but will also benefit all the East Neukers. They may say that Fifers always have an eye for the main chance and I’m sure we’re all going to make the most of this one!”
Enquiries can be made on or 01 333 311 123