Supporting families of children with additional support needs

Our libraries provide a welcoming space to all families with access to a wide range of resources, e-resources and online databases available through the network of libraries across Aberdeen. In addition, Bookbug sessions and other children’s events take place throughout the year.

New resources

Check out new titles available for families of children with additional support needs (ASN) through the carousel displayed on the OPAC Children's Catalogue

You can reserve books online or at any library for free and collect them from any Aberdeen City library.

Familiarisation visits to libraries

If you have a child with ASN and would like to arrange a tailored familiarisation visit to your local library, please contact stating which library you would like to visit.

Calming resources

Selections of calming resources e.g. tangles, liquid timers and ear defenders, are available at all Aberdeen City libraries for children with additional support needs who may become agitated or distressed during a visit to the library. Please ask staff for more details.

Signed Stories for Families

These sessions are held during the spring and summer holidays. The sessions last for approximately 45 minutes and stories are signed using British Sign Language. Our next session will be held at Mastrick Library on Thursday 4 April from 2.30 - 3.15pm. Join us for a fun family afternoon sharing great children's stories. For more information contact

Resources supporting ASN

Download a copy of our leaflets below for full details of all the resources available in libraries and online:

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