Children aged 0 to 7

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

Visit your local library

Visit your local library for a wide range of picture books, board books, early readers and first information books. There are also talking books, music CDs and DVDs appropriate for this age group. The library catalogue lists all items in stock in Aberdeen City Libraries.

Online resources

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. 

Toy collections

A toy lending service is available at Kincorth, Tillydrone and Mastrick Libraries. All toys are listed on the library catalogue and can be requested. 

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. Come along to a session in your local library. 
Bookbug Sessions in Aberdeen

Bookbug in Aberdeen City now has it's own Facebook Group - join now !

Bookbug Week in Scotland 18-23 May 2020

Bookbug is 10 years old ! Join in the digital celebrations via our social media and website. We'd love to hear your memories of Bookbug  - do you remember receiving a Bookbug bag or did you meet Bookbug ? Please share on our Facebook page or email

Each day this week on our social media we'll share Aberdeen City Libraries staff favourite nursery rhymes - why not join in.

We're also asking children to create a birthday card for Bookbug and have a family member email a photograph of this to We'll share the pictures on our social media and one card will receive a prize !

By participating you grant permission to Aberdeen City Libraries to reproduce your entry on our website and social media. Your first name will appear next to your submission on our Facebook page.Personal details will not be used for any other purpose other than to contact the winner.

Read Write Count

This 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

The Best Start Grant is 2 cash payments you can apply for if you are a parent  or  carer. Information on how to apply is available from the Scottish Government


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