Join the library
Children are never too young to join the library. Parents or carers only need to take proof of identity along to any library in Aberdeen when they wish to join their children. Borrowing is free and there are no charges for late return of children's items borrowed on a child's card. Reservations made on a child's card are also free of charge. Please note you can register your child online which gives access to our digital services. There are ebooks and eaudio books suitable for all ages.
The Scottish Government have announced that Aberdeen City will be placed in COVID-19 Protection Level 4 from Saturday 26 December.
Click & Collect appointments are available to book at the following libraries:
Click & Collect appointment hours are 10am - 12.45pm (Monday - Saturday) and 2pm - 4.45pm (Monday - Friday), with the exception of Culter Library which will open 10am - 12.45pm & 2pm - 4.45pm (Monday - Thursday).
Please note Click and Collect pick-ups will take place at the main entrance of the library selected for collection (Media Centre entrance for Central Library).
There are currently no fines on items so please hold onto your books until you are ready to use the click and collect service or until libraries re-open.
If you have any questions please email CentralLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk or call 01224 652500.
Tell us what you think
We hope you enjoyed the sensory session on Saturday and we'd love to know what you think about our online Bookbug Sessions. Your feedback is very important to us as we use it to inform how services are developed. Please take a few moments to complete the survey http://bit.ly/bookbugevaluation
World Book Day - 04 March 2021
Celebrate boos and reading by sharing stories together. Try one of our Recommended Reads or join in a Bookbug Session. There are lots of great ideas and activities to try on the World Book Day website. The £1 book token can be redeemed at WH Smith, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waterstones. Don't forget that Aberdeen City Libraries are open for Click and Collect and 24/7 for ebooks, eaudio books and online resources too !
The BBC have announced a huge educational offer to help support pupils and parents. Starting on Monday 11 January, each week day on CBBC will see a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other educational programming such as Our School and Celebrity Supply Teacher and much loved titles such as Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch.
Don't forget Aberdeen City Libraries also have a host of online learning resources available free to members - https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/.../online-resources-z
We hope you've enjoyed reading the shortlisted books
- This is a dog by Ross Collins
- Brenda is a sheep by Morag Hood
- My first book of bird illustrated by Zoe Ingram
Remember the winner is chosen by YOU - only children aged 0-7 are allowed to vote so read all 3 and choose which you think should win.
To watch and listen to the authors reading the stories Bookbug Picture Book Prize Readings
Voting has now closed - the winner will be announced on 04 March 2021
Online resources - A wide range of e-books and e-audiobooks for children are available for download.
Busy Things - Try out a free, fun online resource to help little ones learn to read and count.
Parent Club - Parent Club is a brand new site from the Scottish Government full of all the help advice and information any new parent could need. You’ll find tried and tested tips from other parents on a wide range of topics.
Book Trust Home Time - a terrific resource with stories, quizzes and activities to help keep children occupied.
Tiny Happy People - activities and play ideas to help you develop you child's communication skills.
Aberdeen City Libraries is a member of British Library's Living Knowledge Network which holds book related events (online at the moment) and which are available to watch alter via the archive.
Support for parents and carers
Information for parents and carers on a wide range of topics from pregnancy to weaning, potty training, starting school to dealing with teenagers is available in each library. For ideas and advice on supporting your child learning to talk and read .
Bookbug is Scotland's early years book gifting programme, managed nationally by Scottish Book Trust which aims to encourage parents and children to share and enjoy books together. Aberdeen City Libraries works with health and early years partners to ensure children aged 0 to 5 receive free book bags.
Bookbug sessions are free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, and their families to enjoy together. Sessions in libraries are currently suspended but you can join our digital session via YouTube or Facebook.
Bookbug in Aberdeen City now has it's own Facebook Group - join now !
Read Write Count
Is a Scottish Government initiative to encourage parents and families to include reading, writing and counting in their everyday activities. Aberdeen City Libraries have a range of resources which can support reading and numeracy - why not try Busy Things which is a fantastic, fun online resource. The Read Write Count website also has some great tips and ideas to help you help your child.
Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods
The Best Start Grant is 3 cash payments you can apply for if you are a parent or carer. Best Start foods is a prepaid card you can use to buy healthy food for children aged 0-3. Information on how to apply is available from the Scottish Government