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Celebrating 125 Years of Aberdeen Central Library

 125 celebrations

July 2017 marks 125 years since Aberdeen Central Library opened to the public on Rosemount Viaduct.  Aberdeen City Libraries are celebrating the milestone with a programme of events leading up to the anniversary. 

We'll post details of the programme on this page so keep checking for information on exhibitions, talks, workshops, and many more free events and activities celebrating 125 years of Aberdeen City Libraries.

Treasures from our Collections

125 Digital Screen Delve into a treasure trove of historical artefacts in the Treasures from our Collections  interactive exhibition.  This unique project reveals the story behind many fascinating items held in our archive and collections - some of which have never before been on public display.  Join us on a journey through time as we unveil five items each month until July 2017, culminating in 125 Treasures to mark 125 years of the Central Library. 

View five featured items every month in the Information Centre (Central Library), and discover the story behind the treasures in an interactive exhibition on touchscreens in Central, Airyhall, Mastrick and Tillydrone libraries.

This month's TreasuresArt of Illuminating

As 2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, this month we have on display some beautifully illustrated Victorian guides to medieval manuscript illumination, highlighting the Victorians' great love of the past.

Our next treasure is an interesting collection of coloured event tickets printed between 1908 and 1911. The tickets offer an insight into both the work of an important Aberdeen business and the existence of long forgotten social clubs.

To celebrate World Book Night, which takes place on 23 April every year, one of this month's treasures showcases our fascinating and varied Local Studies Poetry Collection.

We are also revisiting the work of the great photographer George Washington Wilson. The photomontage exhibited has been selected from the large collection of portraits he had taken of important men from the city and surrounding area.

Our final treasure is a tribute to Marcus Kelly Milne, City Librarian from 1938 to 1968, and well known outside the library as "Mr Aberdeen" due to his omnipresence in civic life. The material on display reflects his influence in the city.

The interactive exhibition provides much more detail on each of the treasures above, and the significant role they played in culture and society in Aberdeen or further afield.  You can also view all the items featured so far on The Silver City Vault.

If you have any questions or comments about the exhibition please get in touch at