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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.

Useful Links

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).


Are you taking part in the Mythical Maze Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland?

Join the 1013 who have already accepted the Challenge and borrowed 19,810 books so far!

  Mythical Maze  

We now have 1,013 children registered for the Mythical Maze. They are trying to read up to 6 books over the holidays and already several children have completed the Challenge. WELL DONE! Why don't you join them by registering for the Challenge at your local library. The Challenge runs until Saturday 23rd August, so make sure you get down to the library to find out about the mythical creatures who are this year's stars of the Challenge. Collect the stickers and rewards as you work your way through the Challenge and explore the different zones on the Maze.

Why not take part in the Mythical Hunt? Two of the mythical characters featured in the Mythical Maze are being hidden in libraries each week. Find the name and number of the two characters for the week and enter the weekly prize draw being held in each library. The characters also appear on a free downloadable app which features interactive activities, clues and rewards available from Mythical Maze App

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 

There are more activities plus hidden 'treats' for you to unlock on the Mythical Maze website 

The Challenge is aimed at children aged 4 and over but younger brothers and sisters can join in by sharing books with family and carers.

There will be a fun Challenge activity in each library during the summer holidays -check  Mythical Maze library events for details.

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

Well done to everyone who came along to the Mythical Maze event at Ferryhill on Tuesday 22 July and created this fabulous mermaid.

Mermaid at Ferryhill

Culter Library's event was called Dive into Books and here are some of the participants with their finished books. Well done everyone!

Dive into books at Culter

Check out the Mythical Maze newsletter 1 which Rebecca, who is volunteering at Cults Library, has produced for us.  


 Storytimes are held in a number of libraries in Aberdeen City. Sessions usually  last  around 30 minutes, are suitable for children  3-7 years of age and are a great, free activity.

Ferryhill Library

Thursday 3.30 -4.00 pm (weekly)

Central Children's Library  

Thursday  2.30 -3.00pm

                   17th July
                   31st July
                   14th August         

 Airyhall Library

Wednesday 3.30 - 4.00 pm

                   25 June
                   30 July 


Who Next...?

Logo for the Who Next? resource

Read everything by your favourite author? Not sure who to read next? Use this online database to find alternative suggestions and open up a whole new range of authors to enjoy. You can search by author, age group, genre and theme. Details of children's book awards are also listed.

Wood of Words

Wood of Words has now replaced Stories from the Web. This exciting new online database has lots of activities and useful information on reading, writing and  books. If you are a library member you can join using your library card number. How to join Wood of Words

Wood of Words logo


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