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Heritage Awareness Day: Fishy Ways Of Grey and other stories of Medieval Aberdeen

Friday 6 October at Aberdeen Central Library 1.00 - 2.00pmskull

Not unlike the Silver City of today, medieval Aberdeen was both an economically and culturally vibrant place. The town owed its social, religious and economic diversity to active overseas trade networks and the fast paced development of the North Sea fishing industry. Recent excavations yielded numerous skeletal remains from across Aberdeen which are currently being studied at the Department of Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen, to explore the dietary customs and social stratification of the medieval Aberdonian population. This talk by           Ms. Orsolya Czere will introduce the ongoing research into Aberdeen's past.

Free event. To book call 01224 652500 or email

Aberdeenshire: a New Perspective with Andy Hall

Monday 9 October at Aberdeen Central Library 6.30 - 8.00pm

Internationally acclaimed local photographer, Andy Hall. whose works include: "ToucAndy Hall talk hed by Robert Burns", "Scotland's Still Light" and "A Sense of Belonging to Scotland" will be talking about his latest photographic collection "Aberdeenshire: a New Perspective" to celebrate National Libraries Week.

Join us to hear Andy discuss what it took to create the book which includes truly captivating images as varied as sunrise at Cruden Bay to the lights or Union Street from a unique angle. This illustrated talk, which includes music from Paul Anderson, is sure to give you a 'new perspective' on the local area.

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. To reserve a place, book via Eventbrite, contact Aberdeen Central Library on 01224 652500 or email  

Discovery: Creative Writing with Helen LynchHelen_Lynch

Tuesday 10 October at Aberdeen Central Library 2.30 - 4.00pm

This workshop will be led by Aberdeen University Lecturer and local writer Helen Lynch and aims to raise awareness of library services and resources relating to Discover, History and Heritage in this Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology..

Helen, who currently teaches Creative Writing and Early Modern Literature at the University of Aberdeen will help participants with guidance on how to build and develop their own creative writing skills.

The workshop is open to anyone aged 16 or over. Previous knowledge of creative writing and library membership is not required.

To book a place at the workshop or for more information, contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or e-mail (booking essential).

The Godfather of Rock: Tales from Inside the World of Rock Music

Wednesday 18 October at Aberdeen Central Library 6.30 - 8.00pm Tom Russell talk

Tom Russell's book "The Godfather Of Rock" is a wonderful collection of memories full of the mayhem and mischief that surrounds the world of rock.

With over 35 years in the music industry working with some of the biggest names in business including Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Queen and AC/DC, Tom will be sharing some of his unique tales about a life in rock music and the people he's met along the way. Tom's talk is sure to entertain anyone with an interest in the Scottish Rock music scene and beyond.

This hour long event will include a Q+A and will be followed by a book signing with his books available to purchase at the event.

Booking is essential. To reserve your place, book via Eventbrite, contact Aberdeen Central Library on 01224 652500 or email 

bobmcd16 Five Horsemen of Novel Writing: What, Who, Where, When, Why - A creative writing workshop with Michael J. Malone

Saturday 21 October at Mastrick Library 2.15 - 3.45pm

As part of Mastrick Library's 60th birthday celebrations they are welcoming best-selling author Michael J. Malone (House of Spines, A Suitable Lie) to host a creative writing workshop entitled Five Horsemen of Novel Writing: What, Who, Where, When, Why.

This free 90 minute workshop is suitable for novelists at all levels of experience.

Limited places available for this workshop so booking is essential. Call 01224 788558 or email to book.

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Dementia Awareness with Alzheimer Scotland

Tuesday 24 October at Mastrick Library 10.30 - 11.30am

An estimated 90,000 people have dementia in Scotland. It is not a natural part of ageing. Join Sarah Geoghegan from Alzheimer Scotland to explore what dementia is, how people might be affected and some of the ways we can all make a difference in helping people.

Booking is essential. Reserve your place online via or by calling 01224 652500

Business Planning with COBRA

Wednesday 25 October at Aberdeen Central Library 12.30 - 1.30pmCOBRA_Logo_Strapline

Starting a business is like any other event in life -for it to be successful you need to do your research and plan ahead.COBRA (The Complete Business Reference Adviser) is available in the library and is full of factsheets, guides and reports that can help you find a business idea that is right for you and help you to understand the practicalities of setting up a business. COBRA is also useful for existing business owners who want to keep up to date with changes is their sector, or need additional information to help them manage their business more effectively.

In this session, Marianne Whitfield will explain how to get the most out of COBRA to make sure you don't start up or grow your business until you're are fully prepared.

Free event. Booking essential Tel. 01224 652500 Email

The Suffragettes in Aberdeen

Wednesday 8 November at Aberdeen Central Library 6.00 - 7.30pm

The popular image of the suffragettes positions them in London, fighting policemen outside the House of Commons. Suffragettes in Aberdeen However, Aberdeen had its own branch of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), its own fights with policemen, disruption of political meetings and visits from Mrs Pankhurst and her daughters. Aberdeen also holds a unique collection of correspondence between the local branch leader, Caroline Phillips, and the leadership in London. This talk investigates how Caroline Phillips attempted to persuade Mrs Pankhurst that Aberdeen's special circumstances meant different tactics were needed - and how Mrs Pankhurst responded.

Sarah Pedersen is the author of 'The Scottish Suffragettes and the Press', published by Palgrave Macmillan this summer, and is Professor of Communication and Media at Robert Gordon University. She is a frequent presenter on the subjects of the suffragettes and the history of women at the start of the 20th century. This talk and the associated exhibition are part of a National Heritage Lottery grant to engage the local community with the history of our local suffragettes. All those attending will receive a copy of a newly produced edition of the letters of Caroline Phillips.

To reserve a place at this free event call 01224 652500 or email

Design a Library of the Future Competition

Library Lady of the Future needs you to create your ideal library for Aberdeen in the 21st Century.library_of_the_future

Design the outside of the building, the inside of the building or describe what you think a library of the future would be.

Entries are welcome from individuals or groups in the following age categories:

3 7    8 12    13 - 18

Prizes will be awarded to an individual and group (including schools) in each age category.

Entries must be your own original work and can be:

  • Illustration up to a maximum size of A3
  • 3D model with dimensions up to a maximum size of A3
  • A written description no longer than 500 words

Entries can be submitted to any Aberdeen City Library and must be accompanied by the entrant's name, age and full contact details (or their parent/carer if under 16).

Full terms and conditions and details on how to enter can be found here.


Monthly Events

Protect Your Ideas

Wednesday 18 October 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 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 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!Newspapers_Local_Studies

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 withMaps_Local_Studies 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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