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Opening Hours and Joining the Library

What we offer you

What can I borrow?

  • Books: 10
  • Talking Books: 4
  • DVD: 4 
  • Toys: 1

You can keep books, toys & talking books for 4 weeks. Dvds for 1 week.

There are no overdue fines or charges on children's items borrowed by under 16's. 

Find and Reserve Books

Need help? Library staff will be happy to show you how to use the catalogue and to reserve and renew your books online.

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General Information

Library Services for - Children, Young People, Families and Schools

Welcome to Aberdeen City library services for children, young people, families and schools

Our libraries provide a large selection of books, talking books, DVDs and Wii Games* for children, young adults, parents and professionals. For information on resources and services to schools and the education sector visit Curriculum Resources and Information Service (CRIS).

Children of all ages can join the library. There is no lower age limit, indeed parents with children under 1 are encouraged to register. Library staff can also offer advice on choosing and sharing books

(*Please note Wii Games are only available in Central Children's but can be requested at Community Libraries). 

Well done to everyone who took part in the Mythical Maze Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland!

1036 children accepted the Challenge and borrowed 
31,511 books over the holidays 


The fabulous theme this year helped encourage children to explore thier local library and find new authors and books to wile away the hot summer days. However the excitement isn't over yet! All children who completed the Challenge by reading 6 books will be entered into a draw this week for a Kobo reader. The lucky winner will be informed on Wednesday 27th August and will hopefully be able to attend the presentation of prizes on Saturday 30th August in Central Children's Library. Children who read 8 books or more will be entered into a prize draw for a book token which will also hopefully be presented at the same time. 

And finally - all children who read at least two books will be entered into a prize draw for a book token at their local library. Winners will be informed by mid-September.

Congratulations to Cults and Tillydrone Libraries for making fabulous Mythical Hunt prize draw boxes!

Cults Library prize draw box
Cults Library

Tillydrone Library prize draw box
Tillydrone Library 

Thanks to all those who came along to Tillydrone Library for the launch event. We all had a great time!                                                 

Launch event at Tillydrone Library

And now.......

Scottish Children's Book Awards

The Scottish Children’s Book Awards are voted for entirely by children and young people across Scotland and are the largest of their kind in Scotland. The Awards have grown year on year; with over 38,000 children from all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities voting for their favourite book in 2013.

The 2014 shortlist has just been announced

Bookbug Readers (3-7 years)

  • Robot rumpus by Sean Taylor
  • Princess Penelope and the runaway kitten by Alison Murray
  • Lost for words by Natalie Russell

Younger Readers (8-11 years) 

  • Precious and the mystery of the missing lion by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Attack of the giant robot chickens by Alex McCall
  • Pyrate's boy by E.B Colin

 Older Readers (12-16 years)

  • Mosi's war by Cathy Macphail
  • Dark spell by Gill Arbuthnott
  • the wall by William Sutcliffe
  • All these titles will be available in Aberdeen City Libraries and you'll be able to vote for the one you think is the best in your local library - so get reading !