How can we help you...

Library News and Events

Summer Activities for Children at Aberdeen City Libraries

 We are hosting a number of free events for children this summer, from weekly treasure hunts to fun craft activities.  Children taking part in the Mythical Maze Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland are invited to join in with SRC 2014 banner the monster mayhem at free events across Aberdeen City Libraries throughout July and August.  The stories and activities are for children aged 4-12. 

Whale and Dolphin Conservation will visit some of our libraries to share fun games and activities about dolphins with children of all ages. See below for a list of some of our free children's events taking place this summer.  Please note booking is essential for all Mythical Maze events. Bookings must be made via the relevant library, contact details can be found on the Community Libraries page.

Tuesday 29 July

Wild Dolphin Activities at Dyce Library, drop-in 2.30-5pm

Mythical Maze at Kaimhill Library, 2.30-3.15pm

Wednesday 30 July

Wild Dolphin Activities, Kincorth Library, drop-in 2.30-5pm

Thursday 31 July

'Mythical Mayhem' at Cove Library, 2.30-4pm

Monday 4 August

Mythical Maze at Bucksburn Library, 2.30-3.30pm

Storyhunters at Cornhill Library, 2.30-3.30pm

Wild Dolphins Activities at Central Children's Library, drop-in 2.30-5pm

Tuesday 5 August

Storyhunters at Dyce Library, 2-3pm

Wild Dolphins Logo Wednesday 6 August

Wild Dolphin Activities at Airyhall Library, drop-in 2.30-5pm

Mythical Maze at Bridge of Don Library, 2.00-2.45pm

Thursday 7 August

Monster Books at Central Children's Library, 3-4pm

Mythical Maze at Culter Library, 2.30-3.45pm

Friday 8 August

Wild Dolphin Activities at Tillydrone Library, drop-in 2.30-5pm

Tuesday 12 August

Storyhunters at Culter Library, 3-4pm

Wednesday 13 August

Storyhunters at Airyhall Library, 1-2pm

Storyhunters at Woodside Library, 2.45-3.45pm

Visit our Children's Page for more information on events and services for all age groups or visit the Aberdeen City Libraries Wild Dolphins Trail page to find out more about the dolphin activities.

Get into the Commonwealth Spirit this Summer with Aberdeen City Libraries

 Together with libraries across Scotland, we're taking part in the national summer reading promotion 'A Wealth of Reading' designed to celebrate titles by Wealth of Reading Logo Commonwealth writers and books set in and around the Commonwealth.

Visit any of our libraries across the city between July and September, select one or more books from our Wealth of Reading Commonwealth Collections and enter the national competition to be in with a chance of winning a brand new tablet (the computer, not the delicious Scottish sweet delicacy!).

Taking part is simple: Describe the best things about the book(s) you've read in no more than 50 words and you could be a winner. Enter online at the  Wealth of Reading website or fill out a review card from your local library before the competition closes on Tuesday 30th September to be in with a chance of winning.

Come along to Dyce Book Group

 The next meeting of the group will take place on Wednesday 30 July at 5.45-6.45pm in Dyce Library, Riverview Drive.

The group will discuss the historical thriller 'The People's Act of Love' by James Meek, set in Siberia in 1919.  Check out  our catalogue for available copies of People's Act of Love Book Cover the novel, it's also available as an e-book!

Synopsis of 'The People's Act of Love' by James Meek 'Deep in the unforgiving landscape a town lies under military rule, awaiting the remorseless assault of Bolsheviks along the Trans-Siberian railway. One night a stranger, Samarin, appears from the woods with a tale of escape from an Arctic prison, insisting a cannibal is on his trail. Only Anna, a beautiful young widow, trusts his story. When a local shaman is found dead suspicion and terror engulf the isolated community, which harbours a secret of its own.'

The Mythical Maze Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland is now open!

  Mythical Maze

 The Challenge aims to encourage children aged 4-12 years old to continue reading during their summer holidays.

Children can now register for the Challenge at their local Aberdeen library where they will receive a poster and promotional sticker to get them started. Then, all they have to do is visit the library three times over the summer with two library books they have read and they will receive a reward and a set of stickers.

Children can also take part in a weekly hunt at their local library for two of the mythical characters featured in the Mythical Maze and be entered in a weekly prize draw.

Taking part in the Challenge is free and there will also be special Challenge events in all Aberdeen City libraries throughout the holidays.

Dive into the Library with the Wild Dolphins!

This summer over 30 miniature dolphin sculptures will form an art trail across Aberdeen City Libraries as part of the Wild Dolphins project. The sculptures have been designed by school children from across the City and Shire region and will be on display in ten libraries in Aberdeen from Monday 23rd June until Friday Kingsford School Dolphin 29th August.  Prizes will be on offer to children under-12 taking part in the trail and Whale and Dolphin Conservation will be holding a number of free events in libraries throughout the summer for children of all ages.  Visit the School Dolphin Trail page to find out more.

Aberdeen City Libraries sponsors the 'Dolphin Dialect' sculpture which was designed by local artist Gabrielle Reith. The sculpture will be on public display at the Sir Duncan Rice Library on the  Wild Dolphins art trail from 23 June - 29 August before being auctioned to raise money for charities.

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. 

'End of the Line: The Life and Death of North East Railways' Exhibition

 In partnership with The Great North Scotland Railway Association, Aberdeen City Libraries are displaying a photography exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beeching cuts.

The Beeching reports changed the rail network of Britain forever with the closure of many rural and branch lines leaving large areas Historic image of the last train on the Deeside line, Culter Station of the country without access to rail transport.  The North East of Scotland did not escape the axe and the Buchan line was closed to passengers in October 1965 with the last train running on the Deeside line in 1966 (pictured).

The exhibition displays photographs of railway lines and stations in Aberdeen and the surrounding area pre-Beeching and contrasts them with more recent images.  Amongst the stations featured are Aberdeen Joint, Schoolhill, Kittybrewster, Cults, Culter and Dyce and also included are the Buchan, Alford and Deeside lines.

Historic image of Schoolhill Station, copyright Aberdeen City Libraries Do you have memories of the railways pre-Beeching?  Pop into the Information Centre on the 2nd floor of Central Library to view the exhibition and see if you recognise any of the images on display.

The exhibition runs in Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct until July 2014

To view the Local Studies photography collection online visit The Silver City Vault.

Library and Community Learning Service Review

Commputing For Beginners

 Aberdeen City Council is reviewing its library and community learning provision. This includes the work of the Library Service and Communities Team.

As part of the review Aberdeen City Council wants to hear from local residents as to what they think about the existing services available and how they feel the library and community team resources could be used better to meet community needs.

More about the Review can be found on the  Library and Community Learning Review pages.

  Contact Details:


View Aberdeen City Libraries in a larger map