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 e.g. Busy Things and Grid Club available through the network of libraries across Aberdeen. In addition, Bookbug sessions and other children’s events take place throughout the year.

Aberdeen Reads : The Great Staycation 26 June - 21 August 2021

Featuring Library Bear ! Help us send Library Bear on his travels - can he get all the way around the Scottish coast before the summer ends ?  Thanks to all the reading that's been happening Library Bear is well on his way and will be Island Hopping around the Hebrides !

Aberdeen Reads is open to everyone and you can take part as an individual or as a group. It's a great way to encourage family and intergenerational reading during the summer. There are a range of family friendly challenges to get you reading different things - why not try one ? 

For more information and to register AberdeenReads


If you're looking for stories to share and author events subscribe to  #StreamMyStory. This is a collaborative project  involving library services across Scotland (including Aberdeen City) funded by Creative Scotland to providefree online events by award winning authors for children. There's lots on offer including a special message form Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell of How to Train Your Dragon fame.

Priority Services and Powercuts

We all need electricity but powercuts can be particularly distressing for some customers. Scottish and Southern Energy Network (SSEN) who manage offer extra support to customers in vulnerable groups - this includes those with chronic illnesses, communication difficulties and families with a young baby. For more information and to register

New resources

Check out new titles available for families of children with additional support needs (ASN) through the online catalogue using the search techniques noted under Resources supporting ASN

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. 


We now have storyboard guides for the following libraries, created by our young volunteers, to let you see what the library looks like before you visit:


Get in touch to tell us if you have found them useful by emailing

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.

Resources supporting ASN

Download a copy of the documents below for full details of resources available in libraries and online. In addition there are collections of quick books and CDs for reluctant readers and those with dyslexia in Bucksburn, Central Children's, Culter, Kincorth, Mastrick and Torry Libraries. All quick read resources can be reserved online and sent to your chosen library. Just type 'quick reads' in the Advanced search 'Anywhere' box on the online catalogue and select Junior Fiction / Junior Non-fiction under Collections.

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