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May Day Holiday Opening Hours.

All libraries are open as usual on Saturday 2 May 2015 but all service points will be closed on Monday 4 May 2015 for the public holiday. There will still be access to online services to allow the renewal of loans, placing reservations through the ' My Account' section of the online catalogue and the library App. Other online resources and download sites will also be available as usual.

Airyhall Library Re-opens!

After a lengthy closure for refurbishment Airyhall Library re-opens for business on Tuesday 5 May 2015 at 10am. Opening hours remain unchanged but everything else about the library is a different matter!

Be aware that the new entrance to the library is from the adjacent car park rather than the Springfield Road entrance used previously.

What's On in Aberdeen City Libraries

Our latest What's On Guide is now available in libraries and other venues across the city. Pick one up or download the PDF of our What's On Guide to find out about library events taking place from April - June.

Make sure you never miss out on free library events by joining our mailing list. E-mail to be added to the list.

Free Dance Sessions at the Central Library

Saturday 9 May, 11am - 2pm European Dancers copyright Susan Bell in Aberdeen Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct

Celebrate European culture and diversity through dance with Europe Direct Aberdeen at the Central Library on Europe Day, Saturday 9 May.

Citymoves will demonstrate dance styles from across the European Union (EU) and there will be an opportunity to have a go with free taster sessions. So if you have ever fancied trying your hand at Irish dancing or Flamenco this is the perfect opportunity!

The event is being captured on film and will be combined with clips of dance from across Europe.  If you want to be featured in the video demonstrating a dance style after the event, please e-mail Europe Direct Aberdeen at

This event is free and suitable for all ages.  Booking is not required.

Learn How to Use E-Magazines

Monday 11 May, 2-4pm in Satrosphere Science Centre, 179 Constitution Street Magazine banners

  Silver City Surfers present this free demonstration on how to use Aberdeen City Libraries' e-magazine service, available to access for free with library membership.  The service features some of the most popular magazines which can be downloaded and kept permanently on mobile devices such as tablet computers. 

At this free event, the Silver City Surfers will show you how to access and use the eMagazine service on computers, tablets and smartphones.

Click here to browse the range of magazines available on this service

For more information about this event, please contact the Silver City Surfers on 07799 371329 or e-mail

Ancestry For Beginners Historical Image of Family Portrait - copyright Aberdeen City Libraries

Thurs 21 May, 2-4pm                         Aberdeen Central Library

Discover Ancestry, one of the world's biggest family history websites!

Our Local Studies Team will guide you through the process of using the online resource – available to access for free with library membership – to discover more about your heritage.

Learn how to search billions of names and thousands of records to unlock the story of your family's past at this free workshop.

Booking is essential for this free workshop.  Contact the Central Library on 01224 652500 or e-mail to book or for more information.

Get a Taste for Learning

North East Scotland College Logo Aberdeen City Libraries and North East Scotland College will be cooking up a series of taster sessions in libraries and community locations across the city this summer.

Come along to a free session between 15 and 20 June to sample some European dishes and get a taste for the part-time college courses offered in learning centres in Bucksburn, Central, Cults, Kaimhill and Tillydrone libraries.

For more information on the taster sessions available, and information on events at other NESCol centres (including Gallowgate, Fraserburgh, Ellon, Inverurie and Macduff), visit the North East Scotland College website at

Take a Bake from the Norm… Image of Norman Calder - copyright Norman Calder

Special guest Norman Calder from the BBC television series The Great British Bake Off will launch the taster sessions on Tuesday 2 June, 2-4pm in the Aberdeen City campus of North East Scotland College.

Norman will demonstrate how to bake his famous shortbread and will share stories about his love of cooking and experience of learning later in life.

To book or for more information about this free event, contact Aberdeen Central Library on 01224 652500 or e-mail essential).

Please note this event is suitable only for people aged 16 and over.

Find Your Target Market

Business workshop, Wednesday 6 May 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.

Intellectual Property Advice Clinics

Monthly, next clinic Wednesday 20 May 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. 

Writing Workshop with Malachy Tallack

Saturday 23 May at the Central Library Scottish Book Trust Logo

We're excited to welcome author Malachy Tallack to Central Library in May for a special Scottish Book Trust workshop.

 The workshops are open to writers of all levels to encourage people to get involved in this year's national writing campaign with the theme 'Journeys'.

Selected contributions will be published in a special book for Book Week Scotland 2015. To find our more and reserve your space, visit the Scottish Book Trust website.

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