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Tea & Tech

Monday 3 July at Aberdeen Central Library (7 weeks)

Are you struggling to download an app? Not a clue how to send an email from your wireless device? Then pop in and get help from our trouble shooting team.

Every Monday starting 3 July until 14 August Central Library Media Centre 2pm 4pm. For further information or to book a place call the Adult Learning Team on 01224 346446. See you there for a cuppa and some techy learning!


Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland: Animal Agents

Spend a Super Sleuthing Summer at Your Local Library! 30 June - 26 August

The theme of this year's Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge is Animal Agents, a detective agency with a difference. Children help the Animal Agents find out what's really been going on behind the scenes and who is to blame! Animal Agents_web_smll Animal Agents is a must for all eagle-eyed youngsters and will test your skills and ingenuity along the way.

Read or share up to six books from your local library, receive rewards along the way and take part in fun, free events throughout the holidays.

Register for free in any library or find out more information on our website.

The Challenge is suitable for children aged 4 to 12.

Signed Stories for Families

Thursday 3 August at Ferryhill Library, Wednesday 9 August at Tillydrone Library and Thursday 1Signed stories 7 August at Central Children's Library

Join us for Signed Stories for Families' sessions over the summer holidays at Ferryhill Library on 3 August from 10.30 am or Central Children's Library on 17 August from 2.30 pm.

A special signed Story & Rhyme session for 0-5 year olds takes place at Tillydrone Library on 9 August from 10.30 am.

No booking is required for these free events.

Gut reactions: the role of diet and gut bacteria in health and diseaseA_Walker_Talk

Monday 28 August at Aberdeen Central Library 6pm - 7.15pm

As part of our health talk series join Dr Alan Walker from the Rowett Institute. Alan will discuss how the food that we eat influences the activities of the microbes that live in our guts, and how this has implications for our health. He will cover topics such as which foods promote beneficial gut bacterial activities, and how we might otherwise manipulate our resident microbes to improve health. To reserve a place at this free event please book online via or contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500.

Effective Writing for Business

Thursday 21 September at Aberdeen Central LibraryStuart Delves image

Workshop with Stuart Delves of Henzteeth 12.30 - 2 pm.

Obtain free tips on how to write effectively for business. If you write reports, newsletters, blogs, emails, advertising campaigns, fund-raising documents, web or brochure copy then this workshop is for you!

Limited places available. To book your place tel. 01224 652500 or email



Monthly Events

Protect Your Ideas

Wednesday 16 August 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.


Power Up Your Business!Logo_kompass

Monday 31 July at Aberdeen Central Library 

Join us at this free interactive workshop 6 pm - 7.15 pm. Discover how to take the best advantage of your free access to our premium business eResources.Cobra small logo

Phone 01224 652500 or email for more information or to make a booking.



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

  • Find out about patents, trademarks, designs or copyright protection 
  • 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.

Exhibition - Treasures from our Collections

Treasures on display in the Information Centre in Central Library and on touch screens in Airyhall, Central, Mastrick and Tillydrone librariesAberdeen Central Library 125th Anniversary Logo

Delve into a treasure trove of historical artefacts and manuscripts in Aberdeen City Libraries' Treasures from our Collections 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 all the treasures on the Silver City Vault and find out more about the Treasures from our Collections exhibition and events on our Library 125 page.

Local and Family History WorkshopsNewspapers_Local_Studies

Do you want to learn more about your family or your local history? Are you curious to discover new ways to explore your past? Join our Local Studies team at these free and entertaining workshops, specially designed to meet your needs!

Old News: Gateway to New Knowledge
Examine the best methods of exploring historic newspapers, an invaluable resource for learning about past lives and events.
Wednesday 23 August, 2pm, Kincorth Library.

Dig into the Past with Historic Maps
Delve into your family history and memories using our extensive map collection.Maps_Local_Studies
Wednesday 6 September, 2pm, Aberdeen Central Library (Mezzanine)

Workshops last for approximately 90 minutes with additional time to practice. Previous knowledge of research methods is not required and the courses are designed for people of all ages and abilities. Download our Local Studies Learning Offer leaflet to learn more about the workshops available.

Our workshops are free to attend but booking is essential. Please phone 01224 652500 or email to reserve a place.

Get in touch with Local Studies for further information on future sessions.


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