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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). 


Scottish Children's Book Awards

Need  a break from the Christmas hustle and bustle ? Why not help choose the winner of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards? These awards the largest of their kind in Scotland and are voted for  entirely by children and young people. Last year over 38,000 children from all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities voted for their favourite book.

Don't forget to vote

before February 6th 2015

  • Read the shortlisted titles
  • 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


collage voting boxes  








The talented staff at Airyhall, Ferryhill, Cove and Torry libraries have been very busy creating these fantastic boxes which are waiting to receive votes for the Scottish Children's Book Awards


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 1 meeting left before the voting deadline

Thursday January 22 2015
 3.30 - 4.30pm

For more information email

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

Even more  characters added !!!

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. There are now 9 characters to find.

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


And now for 2015.....

The theme for Summer Reading Challenge 2015 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!