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.  

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.

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 Picture Book Prize

The shortlist for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2020 was announced on Wednesday 28 August 2019. The winner is chosen by children across Scotland and once again Aberdeen City Libraries will support the Prize by providing a voting box in every library. The books shortlisted for the Prize are those gifted to every child in the Bookbug Primary 1 Family bag at school in November  -it's a great opportunity to read together.
The titles shortlisted this year are :

  • The prince and the witch and the thief and the bears by Alastair Chisholm
  • Sophie Johnson, unicorn expert by Morag Hood
  •  Station mouse by Meg McLaren

Enjoy reading all three books and visit your local library to vote - voting closes on  06 December 2019



  • Airyhall Library on the last Wednesday of each month at 3.30 to 4.00pm for children aged 3 to 7 years.  Contact or 01224 310536

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

Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) expansion

Aberdeen City Council Early Learning and Childcare team are looking for the views of parents, carers and grandparents on ELC which will play an important part in the progress toward the roll out of the  expansion of early learning and childcare in August 2020. Please complete the survey - it's open until  5pm on Friday 01 November 2019


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