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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)


Easter Holiday Storytime at Central Children's Library 

Come and join us for storytime at the Children's Library on Thursday 10 April  and Thursday 17 April from 3.30 - 4.00 pm  A selection of  stories suitable for children aged 3 years and up.

Monthly storytime at Airyhall Library

Wednesday 30 April 
                28 May 
                25 June

Come to Airyhall Library on the last Wednesday of the month for a fun story session suitable for children 3-7 years of age. Storytime begins at 3.30 pm and lasts 30 minutes - a great way to wind down after a hard day at school or nursery!

 Get ready for the Summer Reading Challenge! SRC 2014 banner

The Summer Reading Challenge theme this year is Mythical Maze. This is a great opportunity to discover more about myths and legends from all over the world. By trying to read 6 books over the summer, children can join the mythical creatures who are this year's stars of the Summer Reading Challenge. Minotaur, Unicorn, Yeti, Mermaid, Dragon, Nessie, Garuda, Leprechaun, Medusa and Anansi will also appear on a free downloadable app featuring interactive activities, clues and rewards.

Children can collect stickers and incentives as they work their way through the Challenge and explore different zones on the Maze. There will be more activities plus hidden 'treats' for children to unlock on the Mythical Maze website which will go live before the summer holidays and there will be themed activities in libraries during the holidays.

The drawings for Mythical Maze are by award winning artist, Sarah McIntyre, who illustrated the fabulous 'Morris the mankiest monster'. So, while waiting for the Mythical Maze to open, check out Sarah's website

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged 4 and over but younger brothers and sisters can join in by sharing books with family and carers.
Registration for the Summer Reading Challenge starts at the end of June and the Challenge runs until the end of August.         


Who Next...?

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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

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