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Joint_Station Aberdeen Joint Station: 150 Years Of History Exhibition

Saturday 4 November - Thursday 30 November at Aberdeen Central Library

November's exhibition in the Local section of the Central Library tells by way of photographs and ephemera the full story of Aberdeen station, also known locally as the Joint Station, and its social and economic history. It is a collaboration between the Aberdeen City Libraries and the Great North of Scotland Railway Association.

Makerspaces and You

Saturday 11 November at Aberdeen Central Library 1.45 - 5.00pmMakerspace Event Image

Join Europe Direct Aberdeen and MAKE for an afternoon exploring Makerspaces, a shared work area where people build things collaboratively. Throughout the event you will be able to learn about Makerspaces in Aberdeen, Creative Europe funding and how this can benefit creatives, students and small businesses alike. There will talks from a variety of speakers including Jamie Cameron who has used MAKE to enhance his business. This will be followed by networking and the following optional workshops:

Laser Engraving at MAKE (Seventeen, BelmontStreet)
Tour and demonstration taster sessions (Central Library)

Booking is essential for this event. Book via Eventbrite or call 01224 652500

A - Z of Curious Aberdeenshire

Monday 20 November at Aberdeen Central Library 6.00 - 7.30pmA-Z of Curious Aberdeenshire

The folklore and the history of that piece of Scotland known variously as Aberdeenshire or the North East of Scotland makes for interesting reading. Join us at this free event to listen to the stories of old, that still hold a fascination for the curious.

The A - Z of Curious Aberdeenshire is a collection of tales intended to both satisfy the casual reader and act as a primer for those, both tourists and locals, who yearn to learn more about the people, the folklore and the events which shaped this exciting part of Scotland.

Although not born and bred in Aberdeenshire, Duncan Harley considers the county his adoptive home. After various spells of self-employment he worked for a time at a well-known street newspaper before eventually turning to free-lance writing. Feature writing now takes up much of his time alongside the penning of both theatrical and literary reviews.

The event will be followed by a Q&A session.

To reserve a place at this free event, please contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or email

Book Week Scotland: "A Hue and Cry" with Shirley McKay

Monday 27 November at Aberdeen Central Library 6.30 - 8.00pmShirley McKay photo

Shirley McKay, author of the The Hew Cullan mysteries, will be joining us to discuss her works set in 16th century Scotland following the adventures of the academic lawyer at St Andrews University, his friend and physician Giles Locke, and his sister Meg. Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association debut dagger for her first book "A Hue and Cry", Shirley will be discussing our fascination between reading, crime fiction and history. The event will include a Q+A with book sale and signing.

Spaces at this free event are limited so booking is essential. To reserve your place, book via Eventbrite, email or phone 01224 652500.Helen_Sedgwick

Book Week Scotland: The Growing Season with Helen Sedgwick

Tuesday 28 November at Waterstones Aberdeen, Union Street 7.00 8.30pm

Can you conceive a future where women are no longer needed to conceive? The Growing Season vividly presents a world where this is reality and a synthetic pouch enables anyone to have a child. Author of the acclaimed first novel The Comet Seekers, Helen Sedgwick has delivered another story which questions the world around us and plants the seed for bigger discussions. Join us for this unique event in conjunction with Scottish Book Trust and Waterstones Aberdeen. To book, please contact Waterstones Aberdeen online or instore on 01224 592440.

Esther Woolfson BWS 17 Book Week Scotland: Creative Writing Workshop with Esther Woolfson

Wednesday 29 November at Aberdeen Central Library 2.30 - 4.00pm

Join us to develop creative writing skills and receive invaluable guidance and advice from one of Aberdeen's most successful writers, Esther Woolfson, author of Corvus and Field Notes From a Hidden City.

At this special one off event, Esther will share her knowledge and experience with participants and explore creative writing tips and techniques.

Spaces at this free event are limited so booking is essential. To reserve your place, email or phone 01224 652500.

Book Week Scotland: The Mountains by Moonlight with Alan RowanMoonwalker BWS 17

Wednesday 29 November at Transition Extreme, Links Road 6.30 - 8.00pm

Nourish your mind, body and soul with Aberdeen City Libraries and Transition Extreme this Book Week Scotland with our special 'Scotland's Great Outdoors' event.

Mountaineer, author and journalist Alan Rowan spends his time walking in Scotland's hills and writing about our great outdoors for newspapers and magazines. A keen mountaineer, he has completed three rounds of the Munros as well as climbing, the Corbetts and the 3000-foot peaks in the rest of the UK, many of them by moonlight. With thrilling tales and stunning photography, Alan will be sharing stories from his two books Moonwalker: Adventures of a Midnight Mountaineer and A Mountain Before Breakfast, Join us for a fascinating look at Scotland's mountaineers from a whole new perspective.

The event will include a Q+A with book sale and signing. Spaces at this free event are limited so booking is essential. To reserve your place, book via Eventbrite, email or phone 01224 652500.

Get IP Savvy Get IP Savvy! - Patent Basics

Thursday 30 November at Aberdeen Central Library 12.30 - 1.30pm

Designed for the novice inventor / entrepreneur, this lunchtime session will explain the benefits and basics of patent protection for your product / idea and how Aberdeen City Libraries can be of assistance.

Part of series of Get IP Savvy sessions on the basics of intellectual property protection.

To reserve a place at this free event, please contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or email

bonny_baby Book Week Scotland: Storytelling with Michelle Sloan

Thursday 30 November at Cults Library 3.45 - 4.30pm

As part of Book Week Scotland, join author Michelle Sloan as she reads from and discusses her Bookbug Picture Book Prize-nominated book 'The Fourth Bonniest Baby In Dundee' at a special Storytelling session.

Booking essential. To book, call 01224 868346 or email

Book Week Scotland: Scribbling In The Margins with Daniel Gray

Saturday 2 December at Aberdeen Central Library 2.30 - 4.00pmDaniel Gray BWS 17

Rounding off our Book Week Scotland celebrations, STV's Peoples Historian and author, Daniel Gray, will be telling us why he thinks there are at least 50 Reasons to love Reading.

Following his successful events at this summer's Edinburgh International Book Festival, Daniel will be celebrating the joy of the written word with his new book Scribbles in the Margins. Join us for a fabulous celebration of one of our country's favourite pastimes. The event will include a Q+A with book sale and signing.

Spaces at this free event are limited so booking is essential. To reserve your place, book via Eventbrite, email or phone 01224 652500.

Monthly Events

Protect Your Ideas

Wednesday 15 November 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: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 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 workshops

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!

Ancestry and Find My Past for Beginners
Learn how to use the leading genealogy websites to search thousands of names and historical records.
Wednesday 22 November, 2.00 - 3.00 pm, Ferryhill Library.

Introduction to Family History
Develop your genealogy skills in using both digital and traditional resources.
Wednesday 13 December, 2.00 - 3.00 pm, Tillydrone Library

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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