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.

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.

Aberdeen Reads Challenge

Our very own summer reading challenge will run from Saturday 27 June - 29 August 2020  to encourage all the family to explore reading. There are 9 reading related challenges on a variety of topics and themes to inspire you to try different kinds of reading - not just books. You can enter as a family and it's a great way to explore the range of resources Aberdeen City Libraries has to offer.For more information and to register  visit Aberdeen Reads

Signed Stories for Families

We are unable to hold storytimes in libraries at the moment. We had hoped to deliver a sensory storytime as part of our Bookbug Week celebrations which sadly had to be cancelled. Gill White author of Leo and the Lightning Dragons has signed the story in Makaton and shared with us to mark Childrens' Hospice Week. We hope you enjoy this and some of the related activities on Gill's website 

Return to school

NHS Grampian Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) have produced a great guide to supporting your child/young person as they return to school - download it now.


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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