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.

December Storytimes with Ailie Finlay

We hope you enjoyed our story sessions with Ailie Finlay - these special storytimes will be available on our Facebook page and YouTube channel until the end of January 2021. Ailie has been telling stories for over 20 years and has lots of hints, tips and resources on her website 

Rainbow Robin

Aberdeen City Libraries are working with Family Learning, Creative Learning and partners across the City to spread some festive cheer 

You can download and print a copy of the #RainbowRobinAbdn colouring in page or create your own unique robin and display it in your window over the winter, similar to the way people did with the rainbows for the NHS. Download from the Rainbow Robin webpage or the Facebook page. You can share photos of your robin on social media with the hashtag #RainbowRobinAbdn    

You can also follow the Facebook page @RainbowRobinAbdn, where you will find lots of activities, videos and challenges that will keep you busy throughout the 12 days of Christmas! (25 December to 5 January)  

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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