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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). 

Audit on Quality Childcare Provision in Aberdeen

Is childcare provision in Aberdeen City meeting your needs?

It is a requirement of the new Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014 that Local Authorities consult and plan in relation to the provision of day care and out of school care. Click here for more information.

It is very important that as many parents/carers as possible take the survey before 5pm on Friday 19 December.

Please add your postcode to question 5 of the survey, available at the link above.

Scottish Children's Book Awards

SCBA 2014 collage

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

How can I take part ?

  • Read the titles shortlisted in your age category
  • Choose the title you think should be the winner
  • Vote in your local library
  • Tell us why you've chosen that book in 25 words or less for the chance to win a prize

What else can I do ?

 

Join the Central Library's Teenage Book Club

If  you're 12 - 16  want to read the shortlisted titles for this age group and share your thoughts and opinions with others why not come along to the new book club in the Children's Library ?

Only 2 meetings left before the voting deadline

Thursday 11 December 2014
Thursday January 22 2015
 3.30 - 4.30pm

For more information email childrenslibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk

If you can't mange to come to the Book Club or if you're under 12 why not

 Join the  Virtual Book Group 

If you are a library member you can join the virtual book group to add reviews or comments to a shared booklist on the library catalogue. This is a great way to share your thoughts and opinions on the titles shortlisted for the Awards. You'll need a parent or guardian's permission to do this and you'll need your borrower number.

For more information ask staff at your local library

Take part in the Treasure Hunt

Some of the characters from the titles shortlisted in the 3-7 category have jumped out of the books and are hiding in your local library. Can you find them ?Visit the library to hunt for Penelope, Tapir and the robots  - you might win a prize.

Don't forget to read the books too and vote for the one you think is best.!

All the titles shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards are available in Aberdeen City Libraries. Read one to collect a special sticker. The titles in the 8-11 and 12 -16 categories are also available as ebooks.

The books shortlisted in the 3 - 7 category are given free to every child in Primary 1 in the Bookbug Primary 1 Family pack

  

A final word about this year's Summer Reading Challenge!

The Mythical Maze, Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland 2014 has drawn to a close after another successful year with 1096 children taking part and 378 completing the challenge of reading 6 books. All children who read at least two books for the Challenge were entered into a prize draw in their local library. Below are pictures of some of our lucky winners. Well done everyone! 

SRC 2014 prize winners

And now next year.....

The theme for next year's Summer Reading Challenge has just been announced. Record Breakers will bring together the worlds of fact and fiction, challenging young readers to explore some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records featured in the Guinness World Records books.

Collecting stickers as they go, young readers will discover weird, wonderful and wacky records from around the world in six different categories: Cool Tech, Way to Go!, The Big Stuff, Animal Magic, Human Touch and Action! Adventure!

Roll on the summer holidays!