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Children 0 - 7

Services for children aged 0-7

Join the library

Children are never too young to join the library. Parents or carers only need to  take proof of identity along to any library in Aberdeen when they wish to join their children. Borrowing is free and there are no charges for late return of children's items borrowed on a child's card. Reservations made on a child's card are also free of charge.  

Visit your local library for:

A wide range of picture books, board books, early readers and first information books. There are also talking books, music CDs and DVDs appropriate for this age group. The library catalogue lists all items in stock in Aberdeen City Libraries.

Online Resources

A wide range of ebooks and eaudiobooks for children can be downloaded from  online resources  Why not try out  a free, fun online resource to help little ones learn to read and count.

Toy Collections

A toy lending service is available at Kincorth, Tillydrone and Mastrick Libraries. All toys are listed on the library catalogue and can be requested. 

Parents collections

Information for parents and carers on a wide range of topics from pregnancy to weaning, potty training, starting school to dealing with teenagers. 


Bookbug is Scotland's Early Years Book Gifting Programme, managed nationally by Scottish Book Trust which aims to encourage parents and children to share and enjoy books together. Aberdeen City Libraries works with health and early years partners to ensure  children aged 0-5 receive free book packs. 

Bookbug sessions are free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, and their families to enjoy together. Why not come along to a session in your local library  Bookbug Sessions in Aberdeen


Signed Stories for Families
Signed stories


Come along to one of our BSL signed stories' sessions being held over the summer holidays.



Ferryhill Library - Thursday 3 August from 10.30am
Tillydrone Library - Wednesday 9 August from 10.30am (Stories & rhymes for 0-5 years)
Central Children's Library - Thursday 17 August from 2.30pm

The sessions will last approximately 45 minutes. For more information contact

       Read Write Count

Read Write Count is a Scottish Government initiative to encourage  parents and families to include reading, writing and counting in their everyday activities.  Aberdeen City Libraries have a range of resources  which can support reading and numeracy -why not try Busy Things which is a fantastic, fun online resource. The  Read Write Count  website also has some great tips and ideas to help you help your child. 

Join in with

Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland: Animal Agents

Top secret

Keep boredom at bay during the summer holidays by signing  up for the Challenge. Read or share 6 books ( including talking books or ebooks) and visit your local library 3 times to collect rewards. The Challenge is aimed at children aged 4-12 but there is a special collector card for pre -school children who will be awarded the Bookbug Summer Reading Challenge Certificate. For more information  Summer Reading Challenge