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The_Kindness_of_Enemies Celebrate World Book Night with Leila Aboulela

Saturday 22 April at Aberdeen Central Library

Award-winning writer Leila Aboulela joins us to celebrate World Book Night on Saturday 22 April at 2.30pm in Aberdeen Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct

Born in Cairo, brought up in Khartoum and now living in Aberdeen, Leila has plenty of captivating stories to share as she helps us launch this year's adult reading promotion 'Read the Past Imagine the Future!' which will be encouraging people to celebrates the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology with a great read from their local library.

Leila will be sharing stories of her own writing experiences and discussing how she creates her fascinating titles including: 'Lyrics Alley' and 'Kindness of Enemies'.

This hour long event which will include a Q+A, will be followed by a book signing with books available to purchase on the day.

Booking is essential for this free event. To book email or call 01224 652500

Diane_Hinds Getting Your Message Across

Monday 24 April at Aberdeen Central Library

Free talk by PR specialist Diane Hinds of The Entertainment Bureau.

Talk aimed at guiding the business owner through the process of devising  a focused  campaign, with comprehensive information regarding research, targeting the audience, creating the key message, as well as writing a press release and learning about its distribution.  Business owners will learn how to achieve these elements in an affordable way, delivering to their key audience sound public relations through a well-thought-out campaign.

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

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Wednesday 3 May at Aberdeen Central Library

The Bookbug Explorer bag is gifted to all 3 year olds in Scotland. This free training session is aimed at practitioners working in early years settings to help make the most of this valuable resource.

FREE CPD session to support the gifting of the Bookbug Explorer bag. Wednesday 03 May 2017 at 5pm Aberdeen Central Library.

To book please contact Early Years Librarian or phone 01224 652557.

Let's Talk: Literature's Role in Breaking the Stigma of Suicide

Wednesday 10 May at Aberdeen Central LibraryLets Talk Event Poster

"There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide." Albert Camus

As part of Aberdeen City Libraries' health talk series join author and journalist Kevin McAllion during Mental Health Awareness Week. Kevin will be talking about the taboo topic of suicide that features in his debut novel Moristoun ( Moristoun conveys a message that "there is always light even in the bleakest of places".

Kevin will explore the reasons that led him to write about suicide, the history of suicide in literature, his experiences with the suicide prevention charity Chris's House ( following the book's release and the need to raise awareness and to break the taboo and stigma surrounding suicide and mental health.

The event will be followed by a book signing and copies of Moristoun will be available to purchase. Refreshments of tea and coffees will be provided. Booking is essential. Book here (link: or call 01224 652500. 

Monthly Events

Protect Your Ideas

Wednesday 17 May 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

Wednesday 24 May at Aberdeen Central Library

Join us at this free interactive worksBusiness and Enterprise at Aberdeen City Libraries graphic hop. Discover how to take the best advantage of your free access to our premium business eResources.

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.

Exhibition - Treasures from our Collections

Treasures on display in the Information Centre in Central Library and on touchscreens in Airyhall, Aberdeen Central Library 125th Anniversary Logo Central, Mastrick and Tillydrone libraries

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 History Workshops

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.

Dig into the Past with Historic Maps - Wednesday 10 May, 2pm in Aberdeen Central Library (Mezzanine)

Delve into your family history and memories using our extensive map collection.

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

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

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

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