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Reflections Creative Arts Project

To celebrate 125 years of Aberdeen Central library in July 2017, we're inviting you to submit an original piece of creative artwork reflecting what history means to you. A selection of submissions will be showcased at our Local History Conference in March, and we will also hold a series of free events exploring different creative techniques.

Reflections - creative art project

Graphic Novels with Metaphrog                                                         Monday 23 January, 6pm - 7.30pm in Aberdeen Central Library

John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs, aka Metaphrog, lead this free workshop where they will share tips for making graphic novels and creating characters.

St. Nicholas House 'In Memoriam' Exhibition Opening                                                                                   Monday 6 February, 6pm - 7pm in Aberdeen Central Library

For four decades the imposing structure of St. Nicholas House dominated the Aberdeen skyline.  Local photographer Roddy Millar has captured the demolition of the building in a photographic record entitled 'In Memoriam', and joins us to launch the exhibition and discuss his techniques and inspirations.

The exhibition runs from 6 February to 4 March in Aberdeen Central Library (Mezzanine).

Contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or e-mail to reserve a place at any event.  Visit our Reflections page for more information about the project and events.

Local History Workshops

Have you ever viewed newspapers as a way to learn more about your local and family history? Are you looking for Historical Family Portrait from Aberdeen City Libraries' Archive information to start digging deeper into the past?Our Local Studies Librarians can lead you through how to use these resources at free workshops this winter.

Ancestry and Find My Past for Beginners Wednesday 25 January, 2pm in Culter Library FULLY BOOKED

Learn how to use these leading genealogy websites to search thousands of names and historical records.

Dig into the Past with Historic Maps Wednesday 15 February, 2pm in Aberdeen Central Library (Mezzanine)  FULLY BOOKED

Workshops last for approximately 90 minutes with additional time at the end to practice. Previous knowledge of using computers is not required.

More workshops will take place between April and June 2017. Get in touch with Local Studies for further information on future sessions.

Booking is essential for these free workshops. E-mail or phone 01224 652500 for more information or to book.

Rosemary Goring in Conversation with Alan Taylor

Saturday 4 February, 2.30pm to 4pm at Aberdeen Central LibraryBook cover of Dacre's War by Rosemary Goring

Journalist and literary editor Rosemary Goring joins us to celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in Aberdeen City Libraries. Rosemary will discuss her novels Dacre's War and After Flodden with husband and editor of the Scottish Review of Books, Alan Taylor.

Set in the 16th Century, in the years after one of Scotland's bloodiest battles, the characters in Rosemary's enthralling books live in a thrilling but dangerous time of vengeance, warfare and political intrigue.

Delve into Scotland's past with two of the country's most acclaimed journalists and writers and explore what happens when history and fiction collide at this unique event in the Central Library.

To reserve your free place, contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or e-mail

Aberdeen City Libraries: Then and Now

Saturday 4 February, 2pm - 3pm at Airyhall Library, Springfield Road

Find out more about Aberdeen City Libraries both past and present at this free illustrated talk.  View some of the photographs held in our online photographic archive The Silver City Vault and speak to our staff to find out more about the many library services available across the city and online.

Phone 01224 652500 or e-mail to find out more or reserve a place.

How to Avoid a House Sale Nightmare

Monday 13 February, 6.30pm 7.30pm at Aberdeen Central LibraryEwemove Logo

At this free talk, Mark Allan of Ewemove estate agents lifts the lid on the world of estate agency and reveals the tricks of the trade that could cost hapless homeowners thousands of pounds.

Discover the simple step-by-step blueprint that can help you secure a successful house sale, fast.  Learn the insider secrets on how to prepare your home to sell for the best price and how to avoid the three biggest house selling mistakes.

Phone 01224 652500 or e-mail to reserve a place.Valentine's clip art picture

Valentine's Day Craft Activity

Monday 13 February, 10.30am - 11.30am in Dyce Library

Create Valentine's day cards and crafts in Dyce Library at a free children's event this half-term!

To reserve a place for this free session call 01224 723015 or e-mail

Hall of Mirrors: Local History Conference

Saturday 4 March 2017 at Aberdeen Beach Ballroom

Are you fascinated by history?  Join us at the Beach Ballroom as we explore the way our understanding of theAberdeen Central Library 125th Anniversary Logo past is often used and abused, blurring the lines between fact and fiction.  This unique one-day conference features a local heritage fair and book sale, and we'll be joined by speakers including former editor of The Scotsman, Bill Jamieson, and bestselling author of the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries, Sara Sheridan.

Visit our page about the Local History Conference for more information.

The Hall of Mirrors conference is part of our Library 125 programme, celebrating 125 years of Aberdeen Central Library in 2017.


Monthly Events

Protect Your Ideas

Wednesday 15 February at Aberdeen Central Library

Aberdeen City Libraries offer a free Intellectual Property advice clinic service in partnership with local patent attorneys every month in the Central Library. 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.

Phone 01224 652500 or Email for more information or to book a session.


We can help you protect your intellectual property at free fortnightly appointments with our IP Librarian:

  • Find out about patents, trademarks, designs or copyright protection PATLIB Logo
  • Source free advice/assistance in patent & trade mark searching

Sessions take place in the afternoon of every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month. Booking essential - contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or to book a free appointment.

Treasures from our Collections

Runs until July 2017 in Airyhall, Central, Mastrick and Tillydrone libraries

Delve into a treasure trove of historical artefacts and manuscripts in Aberdeen City Libraries' TreasuresMontage of items from treasures exhibition from our Collections exhibition.

As 2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we are displaying an 1871 edition of the Diary of Samuel Pepys, possibly one of the most famous diaries in British history.  This month we're also celebrating the refurbishment of the new Aberdeen Art Gallery due to be completed in 2017 with a selection of ephemera from the gallery's past. 

Our next treasure is a chance to find out more about the work of a Victorian Aberdeen 'bird-stuffer', in our collection of George Sim's Journals.  We are also showcasing Scotland Illustrated (1838), a beautifully illustrated work in two volumes on the history and landscape of Scotland by the physician, poet and writer William Beattie.

Our final treasure offers a chance to come face-to-face with some of Aberdeen's more prominent Victorians in the Todd Family Photograph Album (1858-65).

View the exhibition in the Information Centre in Central Library and on touchscreens in Airyhall, Central, Mastrick and Tillydrone libraries. Find out more about the Treasures from our Collections exhibition and events on our Library 125 page and view the items features so far on The Silver City Vault.

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