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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). 


Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

Good Morning Britain's five day literacy campaign last week, culminated in a huge book givaway across the UK. The campaign focused on encouraging parents to read with their children, developing a love of books and reading, from an early age. Aberdeen City Libraries supported the campaign by distributing 50 free copies of the first book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series at Mastrick Library on Saturday, 13th September and it was great to see so many happy children with their books.

DOAWK giveaway

We asked the children to write an entry in our library diary telling us why they like visiting the library. Loving reading and choosing books at their local library was popular as was finding the library a good place to get on with their homework. Thanks to everyone who came along on Saturday and we hope you enjoy reading Diary of a wimpy kid!

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

1095 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. 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.

SRC Prize Draw Winners!

The winners of our city wide prize draws were presented with their prizes at the Celebrate Aberdeen weekend by Lord Provost George Adam. Keelin Clark (6) was thrilled to be the winner of the prize draw for completing the Challenge by reading 6 books. Keelin won an e-reader. Winner of our prize draw for all those who read 8 books or more was Struan Cooper (11) who won a book token. Struan was very keen to head off to the bookshop and choose more books!

Congratulations to you both!

Keelin Clark with Lord Provost George Adam SRC prize winner KC

Struan Cooper with Lord Provost George Adam SRC prize winner SC


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 !