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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.

You can also view all the items featured so far on The Silver City Vault.

This month's Treasures


Our first treasure this month is our collection of Aberdeen Artist Society exhibition catalogues. This group of local artists, who came together for mutual improvement and annual exhibitions, dates back to 1827 and their catalogues detail a rich and creative history that continues today.

May 2017 treasures May 4th 2017 sees Scotland, England and Wales go to the polls for a local government election. Residents of Aberdeen will vote for councillors in the 13 wards in the city using the Single Transferable Vote system. Our treasure is a therefore timely look at our collection of historical local political cartoons.

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Aberdeen's first central railway station. Our related treasure is a plan of the proposed new joint station and associated engineering works, which was published by the Aberdeen Free Press in 1863.

Our next treasure is a photograph album documenting the construction of the Aberdeen Corporation Electricity Works at Dee Village and the connected Cable Subway.

To make the most of the spring weather, for this month's final treasure from the library's own collections we head outdoors with a copy of Rules from the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club from 1921 and take a swing at the history of the sport in the city.

With our guest treasure this month we explore the work of Aberdeen City Council's Design Team (Public Buildings) and their fantastic collection of architectural drawings.

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.   

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