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Airyhall Library Closed For Refurbishment

Airyhall Library is currently closed for refurbishment for the next few weeks. Library items can be returned or renewed at any City Library.

During the closure a selection of adult and children's books will be available at our 'Pop-up' Library in the Conservatory at Airyhall Community Centre every:
Mon 10 – 1; Wed 10 – 1 and Fri 10 – 1

Your nearest library is Kaimhill Library on Pitmedden Terrace. Telephone 01224 498160 or e-mail

Open: Mon & Wed 2-7, Tue & Thu 9-12 & 2-5, Fri 1-5, Sat 10-1

For details of other service points please visit our web pages at or phone 01224 652500.

We will be posting updates of the exciting refurbishment as work progresses! 

Family Fun on World Book Day

Thursday 5 March, 4-5pm at Aberdeen Central Library  Natalie Russel image

Join children's author and illustrator Natalie Russell for  some family fun on World Book Day.  Natalie will lead a workshop offering children and their parents/carers the opportunity to share stories and creative ideas on this special day!

Natalie Russell is a Dundee-based author, illustrator and printmaker and has written children's books including 'Hamish the Highland Cow', 'Donkey's Busy Day' and 'Moon Rabbit'. Her recent title 'Lost for Words' was shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2014 in the Bookbug Readers category.

This event is suitable for children age 3-7 and their parents/carers.  Contact the Central Library on 01224 652500 or e-mail to reserve a place at the free workshop.

Climate Week 2 - 8 March 2015

Visit the Central Library during Climate Week to find out more about climate change and how it affects us all.

Professor Pete Smith from the University of Aberdeen and environmental economist Evan Williams will present a talk entitled 'What is Climate Change and why should I care?' at the Central Library on Wednesday 4 March, 6.30pm 

An information stand will also be available in the Library from 12-2pm every day during the week except from Thursday.

A number of other events will be held across the city to mark the initiative including:

'Chasing Ice' (12A) screening at the Belmont Filmhouse followed by discussion and Q&A with Dr Richard Dixon from Friends of the Earth, and Erik Dalhuijsen from Aberdeen Climate Action.

Friday 6 March, Film starts 18:05.  Tickets available from the Belmont Filmhouse

'The Island President' (PG) screening at the Belmont Filmhouse followed by discussion and Q&A with Professor Pete Smith, University of Aberdeen and Erik Dalhuijsen from Aberdeen Climate Action.

Saturday 7 March, Film starts 17:55. Tickets available from the Belmont Filmhouse

Scottish Local History Week

The History of Co-operative Societies in Scotland    Co-operatives Historical Advert             

Wednesday 11 March, 6pm in Aberdeen Central Library

Join us to explore the history and geography of consumer co-operative societies in Scotland during the 19th and 20th Centuries with Dr David Watts, lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Aberdeen.

Dr Watts will visit the Central Library to discuss what makes co-operatives different, outline their growth and distribution, and suggest that local factors played an important role in their history.

Booking is essential at this free talk. Contact the Central Library on 01224 652500 or e-mail to reserve a place.

Explore the History of Aberdeen's Food and Drink Industry - Free Workshop

Historical Beverage Advert Thursday 12 March, 2-4pm at Mastrick Library, Greenfern Road

Our Local Studies Librarians will lead a workshop in Mastrick Library using online resources to delve into the fascinating history of food and drink in the North-East of Scotland. Discover more about local foodlore and traditional occupations in the industry with the aid of historic newspapers, online research and photography archives including Scran and the Silver City Vault.

This workshop is free to attend but booking is essential.  Contact Mastrick Library on 01224 788558 or e-mail to reserve a place.

An Evening with Ann Cleeves

Thursday 12 March, 6.30pm at Aberdeen Central Library Ann Cleeves Photograph

This event is now fully booked

 Experience a thrilling evening of crime and mystery with one of Britain's most talented crime writers.

Ann Cleeves is the award-winning author of crime fiction novels including the Shetland and Vera Stanhope series'. During this free event, Ann will discuss the captivating characters featured in her work and will share her Ann Cleeves Book Cover experiences of writing some of Britain's most popular novels.

With a string of accolades and two highly successful TV series adaptations based on her works, an evening with Ann Cleeves promises to be an interesting one.

Booking is essential for this free event.  Contact the Central Library on 01224 652500 or e-mail to reserve a place.


 'Read and Remember' with Aberdeen City Libraries

7 February 2015 - 30 April

 This spring, we're joining with libraries across Scotland to encourage teenagers and adults to remember those involved in World War One by reading books and resources relating to the conflict. Read and Remember logo

From Saturday 7 February until the end of April, we'll be featuring reviews of WW1 related books on our webpages, as well as stories of your family members' involvement in the war.

On National Libraries Day, we launched the campaign by sharing some of our reviews and our staff's special family connections to WW1. More details can be found on the Read and Remember page.

If you would like to take part, visit your local library for a card and add your comments. Alternatively, email your review or family story to and we'll share it on this website.

Wild Dolphins Commemorative Booklet

Aberdeen City Libraries has published 'A School of Dolphins', a special booklet to A School of Dolphins commemorate the Wild Dolphins School Dolphins Trail which took place across libraries in Aberdeen throughout the summer of 2014.

The trail showcased over 30 miniature dolphin sculptures which were decorated by school children from Aberdeen City and Shire as part of the Wild Dolphins project.

The publication features photographs and descriptions of each sculpture and can be purchased in any library in Aberdeen for 50p.

Intellectual Property Advice Clinics

Monthly, next clinic Wednesday 18 March at the Central Library PATLIB Logo

Aberdeen City Libraries are delighted to offer a free IP advice clinic service in partnership with local patent attorneys. Don't miss this valuable opportunity of a one-to-one consultation with a registered patent attorney. Book now for your chance to discuss any ideas you may have for new products or brands.

Clinics are held monthly. Phone 01224 652511 or Email for more information or to book a session. 

Find Your Target Market

Business workshop, Wednesday 4 March at the Central Library Target Image

Learn how to use online resources such as Mint UK and Kompass to make detailed sales and marketing lists, tailored to your business needs. Access to the premium resources is free to library members.

Aberdeen City Libraries' Business & Enterprise Service offers information and support to businesses, entrepreneurs and people seeking employment. Get in touch for further details about how the free service can help you. 

The free workshop will be held in the Central Library from 6-7pm.  Booking is essential, phone 01224 652511 or e-mail for more information or to book.

One-to-One Business Sessions

 Missed out on attending one of our 'Mint in May' workshops in Central Library? Mint Logo There are still opportunities to find out how much the premium business e-resource Mint UK, accessible free of charge in our Information Centre, can benefit your business. Contact us on 01224 652511 or e-mail to book an individual session with our Business & Enterprise Librarian. 

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