Library events

Fun, free events and activities in libraries

Please download the guide for a full up to date listing of all library events.

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Spring Clean Your Mind

Stress is not an illness in itself but left unchecked it can be a contributory factor to a number of mental and physical illnesses. Join us for a selection of themed talks exploring the different approaches to relaxing and dealing with the stresses of daily life.

Spring Clean Your Mind: Mountain
Wednesday 9 May at Airyhall Library, 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Join us for the 2nd in our series of mystery health talks exploring different approaches to relaxation and combating stress... To reserve your place email and quote Mountain Talk

Spring Clean Your Mind: Lotus Flower
Wednesday 13 June at Airyhall Library, 6.15pm - 7.00pm

Join us for the 3rd in our series of mystery health talks exploring different approaches to relaxation and combating stress... To reserve your place email and quote Lotus Flower Talk

Spring Storytime & Crafts Sessions

Put a spring in your step with special craft and story sessions at your local libraries. Sessions suitable for ages 4 – 11 with the exception of Cornhill Library on 22 May which is for children 5 and under.

Booking is essential for all events and can be done by contacting each library directly.

Cornhill Library – 01224 696209
Tuesday 22 May, 11.00am – 11.45am

A Friendship with Muriel Spark

Monday 23 April at Aberdeen Central Library 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Celebrating the centenary of Dame Muriel Spark, her long-time friend, author and journalist Alan Taylor joins Aberdeen City Libraries on World Book Night to give a special insight into the life of the beloved author.
In conversation with his wife and fellow journalist Rosemary Goring, Alan will be discussing his new book ‘Appointment in Arezzo – A friendship with Muriel Spark’.
Sharing intimate and funny memories of a long friendship with Muriel Spark, Alan will provide a unique, personal insight into the life and character of one of Scotland’s greatest writers.

To book, call 01224 652500 or email

Marketing & Communication Workshops for Start-Ups

Monday 23 April and Monday 18 June at Aberdeen Central Library.

30 minute one-to-one appointments between 2.00pm and 4.20pm (last appointment at 4.20pm)

These one-to-one appointments will be run by volunteers from Aberdeen-based agencies, freelancers and local businesses with experience in all aspects of the marketing and communication process and communication channels, including social media. The session is suitable for start-ups and those new to business from all sectors. 

To book a 30 minute appointment, call 01224 652500 or email

Intellectual Property Tips – How to make the most of your IP

Wednesday 25 April at Aberdeen Central Library 6:30pm – 7:30pm

With Jamie Allan, Director, Patents at Murgitroyd (Aberdeen) .
In celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, Join us at on for a workshop to find out how to make the most of your intellectual property.
Jamie’s presentation will help you find out more about IP, how it affects you, and which simple steps you can take to make the most of your Intellectual Property. 
The presentation will be followed by a Q&A Session.
Jamie is a Patent Attorney and a Director at Murgitroyd. Jamie works closely with inventors and innovative companies to help them make the most of their Intellectual Property. 
Murgitroyd has over 40 years experience in supporting companies identify, secure and defend their IP rights and intellectual property assets. Murgitroyd has the expertise to accompany entrepreneurs, inventors, start-ups, SMEs and large corporates every step of the way either in Scotland, throughout the UK or in Europe.

To book, call 01224 652500 or email

Creators Club

Tuesday 15 May at Kincorth Library, 3.30pm - 4.15pm

Join us at Kincorth Library for Lego Themed Creative Session. Age 8-11 Years. Booking Essential.
To book call 01224 652500 or email

Brexit and EU citizens’ rights

Monday 30 April at Aberdeen Central Library 5:00pm – 7:45pm

Are you an EU citizen who wants to know what ‘Brexit’ means for you? Do you want to find more about what it means for citizens’ rights? Do you want information about the ‘Brexit’ talks?
Come along to this free public consultation and awareness event. You can ask experts what Brexit will mean for the rights of EU citizens living here in the UK. Visit displays and stalls from a wide range of organisations to get information and take away leaflets. Find out more about which groups and organisations can give you help and support.

Question Time Session: 5.30 – 7.00pm

Put your questions to an expert panel at this ‘question time’ session. Booking is essential. Reserve your free place at:

Information Stalls and Displays

There will be free drop in sessions to visit stalls and displays from 5.00 – 5.30pm and 7.00 – 7.45pm. No booking necessary.

This event is organised by Public Policy Events, with financial support from the European Commission Office in Scotland.

Take a trip down memory lane…

This May, we once again celebrate our local history by taking part in Local and Community History Month. Sixty years ago, Aberdeen trams disappeared from the city streets. Join us to learn more about public transport in the Silver City and share your memories.

The Last Tram: Commemorating the 60th anniversary of Aberdeen’s last trams

Local Studies, the Great North of Scotland Railway Association and Aberdeen Transport Society are putting together an exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary of the last tram in Aberdeen, celebrated with parade of tramcars from Bridge of Dee to the King Street depot on Saturday 3 May, 1958.
Old photographs, artefacts and other historic documents will be on display in May and June in the Information Centre, Central Library.

From Horse Tram to Hydrogen Bus: The story of public transport in Aberdeen

Monday 14 May at  Aberdeen Central Library 6:00pm – 7:30pm

May 3rd marks the 60th anniversary of Aberdeen's last tram on the route from Bridge of Dee to Bridge of Don. Keith Jones will talk about the history of the city's tramways from the earliest lines in 1874 to closure in 1958, the expansion of the bus network from the 1920s onwards and a look at the changes, not all for the better, that have taken place over the last 60 years.

Keith is a retired local government officer and now Transport Historian, also member of the Great North of Scotland Railway Association. He has authored a number of books and magazine articles on local transport history and has visited and travelled over tramway systems worldwide.

Please feel free to bring along your memories and memorabilia of days gone.

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book a place, please email or call 01224 652500. 

Brexit – Scotland, the UK and EU27 – The Key Issues

Wednesday 23 May at Aberdeen Central Library 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Explore how the Brexit talks are developing and their implications for Scotland at this event organised by the Scottish Centre on European Relations with the support of the European Commission in Scotland. The discussion will cover the EU27, UK and Scottish Governments’ priorities for the process while contributing to debate and discussion of the key issues. There will be a series of short introductions by each member of the panel setting out their views on the Brexit negotiations followed by plenty of time for Q&A.

Refreshments will be available from 5.30pm and further details on speakers will be announced in due course.

Booking essential. Reserve your free place 

Of Dice And Men – Board Game Club

Saturdays in the Makerspace in the Media Centre, Central Library 12:00pm – 4:30pm

Of Dice And Men is Aberdeen City Libraries new, free weekly board game club. Not only do we have a range of game s to play, feel free to BYOBG – Bring Your Own Board Game and challenge someone to a game.
Email for more details

Monthly events

Protect Your Ideas

Wednesday 16th May at Aberdeen Central Library

Aberdeen City Libraries offer a free Intellectual Property advice clinic service in partnership with local patent attorneys every month in the Central Library. Don't miss this valuable opportunity of a one-to-one consultation with a registered patent attorney. Book now for your chance to discuss any ideas you may have for new products or brands.

Phone 01224 652500 or email for more information or to book a session.

Power Up Your Business

Thursday 29th March at Aberdeen Central Library 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Monday 21st May at Aberdeen Central Library 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Starting up a small business? Find out how to make the best use of our free access to premium business eresources including COBRA (Complete Business Reference Advisor)and EasyBusiness by Kompass at this lunchtime session.

Spaces are limited so booking is required - e-mail or phone 01224 652500 to reserve a place.


We can help you protect your intellectual property at free fortnightly appointments with our IP Librarian:

  • Find out about patents, trademarks, designs or copyright protection
  • Source free advice/assistance in patent and trade mark searching

Sessions take place in the afternoon of every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Booking essential - contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or to book a free appointment.

Exhibition - Treasures from our Collections

The “125 Treasures from our Collections project” ran from July 2015 – July 2017 as part of our 125 celebration when 5 fascinating items from our collections were unveiled every month. 
All the treasures can be viewed on the Silver City Vault  and touch screens in Airyhall, Central, Mastrick and Tillydrone libraries

Local and family history workshops

Do you want to learn more about your family or your local history? Are you curious to discover new ways to explore your past? Join our Local Studies team at these free and entertaining workshops, specially designed to meet your needs!

Old news, gateway to new knowledge

Aberdeen Central Library (Adult Lending Mezzanine)

Examine the best methods of exploring historic newspapers, an invaluable resource for learning about past lives and events.

Dig into the past with historic maps

Wednesday 27 June | 2pm | Aberdeen Central Library (Adult Lending Mezzanine)

Delve into your family history and memories using our extensive map collection.

Introduction to family history

Develop your genealogy skills in using both digital and traditional resources.

Ancestry and find my past for beginners

Learn to search thousands of names and historical records on these leading genealogy websites and discover top tips on how to use them.

Workshops last for approximately 90 minutes with additional time to practice. Previous knowledge of research methods is not required and the courses are designed for people of all ages and abilities. Download our Local Studies Learning Offer leaflet to learn more about the workshops available.

Our workshops are free to attend but booking is essential. Please phone 01224 652500 or email to reserve a place.

Get in touch with Local Studies on for further information on future sessions.

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