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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Booking is essential for all Aberdeen City Libraries events.

To book a place, call 01224 652500 or email


Oor Wullie Big Bucket Mini Trail

Monday 17 June - Friday 30 August

Aberdeen City Libraries are delighted to be taking part in the Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trail this Summer with mini Oor Wullies popping up at the following locations: Airyhall Library, Bridge of Don Library, Central Library, Cornhill Library, Ferryhill Library, Kaimhill Library, Kincorth Library, Mastrick Library, Northfield Library and Torry Library, Woodside Library.

For more information on the Trail, visit the official website or download the app.


Celebrating Aberdeen's Pioneering Women booklet launch

Wednesday 31 July at Central Library, 6pm - 7.30pm

Aberdeen Women’s Alliance recently completed a fantastic booklet detailing the life and work of 22 pioneering women who made significant contributions to the city of Aberdeen. Many not only had a big impact locally but also worldwide.
Aberdeen City Libraries have been pleased to assist in the publication of this informative and much needed work. Members of the Aberdeen Women’s Alliance will speak about how they made the booklet and also about some of the pioneering women who feature within.
Copies of the booklet will be available on the night and in all Aberdeen City Libraries after the event.


Cancer Research UK - How Are We Tackling Cancer?

Wednesday 28 August at Central Library, 6pm - 7.15pm

Robyn Robb [Community Engagement Manager for North Scotland, Highlands and Islands] will outline the history of Cancer Research UK and how they are improving survival rates through their ground-breaking research. In the 1970s we saw 1 in 4 survive, we now stand at 2 in 4 and Cancer Research UK aim to see 3 in 4 survive cancer by 2034. Come along, hear about the research, the role of gifts in wills in advancing this research and to join in with some fun and interactive science!


Of Dice And Men – Board Game Club

Saturdays in the Makerspace in the Media Centre, Central Library, 12pm – 4.30pm

Of Dice And Men is Aberdeen City Libraries' free weekly board game club. Not only do we have a range of games to play, feel free to BYOG – Bring Your Own Board Game and challenge someone to a game.


Events for children and young people

Eureka Summer Series with Techfest

The past is the key to the future, learn about the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths behind ancient civilisations. Eureka workshops give children the opportunity to discover historical science secrets through experimentation and play.

As part of TechFest's Eureka Summer Series, children from 3 years - 12 years can test their science and engineering skills through a numbers of hands-on workshops to solve mysteries and puzzles.
Sessions cost £1, payable on the day. To book a place, contact the libraries directly.


Cove Library - 01224 245350

Tuesday 23 July

Effective Egyptians (P1-P3), 2.30pm - 3.15pm

Resilient Romans (P4-P7), 2.30pm - 3.15pm

Effective Egyptians (P4-P7), 3.30pm - 4.15pm

Resilient Romans (P1-P3), 3.30pm - 4.15pm


Cornhill Library - 01224 696209

Thursday 25 July

Effective Egyptians (P1-P3), 2.30pm - 3.15pm

Resilient Romans (P4-P7), 2.30pm - 3.15pm

Effective Egyptians (P4-P7), 3.30pm - 4.15pm

Resilient Romans (P1-P3), 3.30pm - 4.15pm


Mastrick Library - 01224 788558

Friday 2 August

Glorious Greeks (P1-P3), 2.30pm - 3.15pm

Valuable Vikings (P4-P7), 2.30pm - 3.15pm

Glorious Greeks (P4-P7), 3.30pm - 4.15pm

Valuable Vikings (P1-P3), 3.30pm - 4.15pm


Tillydrone Library - 01224 276975

Thursday 8 August

Glorious Greeks (P1-P3), 10.30am - 11.15am

Valuable Vikings (P4-P7), 10.30am - 11.15am

Glorious Greeks (P4-P7), 11.30am - 12.15pm

Valuable Vikings (P1-P3), 11.30am - 12.15pm


Ferryhill Library - 01224 581576

Friday 9 August

Glorious Greeks (P1-P7), 2.30pm - 3.15pm

Valuable Vikings (P1-P7), 3.30pm - 4.15pm


Bucksburn Library - 01224 710830

Tuesday 13 August

Glorious Greeks (P1-P3), 2.30pm - 3.15pm

Valuable Vikings (P4-P7), 2.30pm - 3.15pm

Glorious Greeks (P4-P7), 3.30pm - 4.15pm

Valuable Vikings (P1-P3), 3.30pm - 4.15pm


Central Children's Library

Thursday 15 August

Effective Egyptians (P1-P3), 10.30am - 11.15am

Resilient Romans (P4-P7), 10.30am - 11.15am

Effective Egyptians (P4-P7), 11.30am - 12.15pm

Resilient Romans (P1-P3), 11.30am - 12.15pm


50th anniversary of the Moon Landing - Space Craft Session

Friday 19 July at Children's Library, 2.30pm - 4pm

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, join us for an out-of-this-world craft session. Suitable for ages 5+. Drop-in session. No booking required.


Mini Creators' Club

Friday 19 July | 2 August at Children's Library, 10.30am - 11.30am

Let's build together with creative building sessions for children aged 5-7. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential. To book, call 01224 652507.


Creators’ Club

Let’s build together with themed creative sessions this New Year. Age 8-11 years. Booking essential. To book, call your local library.

Children’s Library – 01224 652507

Wednesday 7 August, 4.00pm - 5.15pm

Wednesday 4 September, 4.00pm - 5.15pm


Cove Library - 01224 245350

Taster Sessions for 6-11 years.

Monday 29 July, 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Monday 12 August, 3.00pm - 4.00pm


Ferryhill Library – 01224 581576

Monday 5 August, 3.30pm - 4.15pm

Monday 2 September, 3.30pm - 4.15pm

Monday 30 September, 3.30pm - 4.15pm


Kaimhill Library – 01224 498160

Monday 5 August, 3.30pm - 4.15pm

Monday 2 September, 3.30pm - 4.15pm


Kincorth Library – 01224 872572

Tuesday 6 August, 3.30pm - 4.15pm

Tuesday 3 September, 3.30pm - 4.15pm


Woodside Library – 01224 484534

Wednesday 24 July, 3.30pm - 4.15pm

Wednesday 21 August, 3.30pm - 4.15pm

Wednesday 18 September, 3.30pm - 4.15pm


Business and enterprise events

#FSBConnect Networking Events at Central Library

Monday 26 August at Central Library, 6pm - 7.30pm

FSB Connect Aberdeen have partnered with Aberdeen Central Library to offer you great networking opportunities for 2019. These events will take place monthly in Aberdeen Central Library and we will hear from a different guest speaker every time.

During this session we’ll look at the fantastic benefits associated with both FSB and Library membership, including the resources available to businesses at the library. There will also be lots of time to network and chat to your new and old contacts.

Book a free place for the next event via Eventbrite.


Intellectual Property Basics

Thursday 25 July | 29 August | 26 September at Central Library, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Intellectual Property - in its words, logos, pictures, products, designs or a combination of - can be a valuable asset to your business. Discover the basics of how to protect the intellectual property of your business at this lunchtime session with our Business & Enterprise Librarian. Booking essential.

In addition to the group session, 1:1 appointments are available for booking at various times to discuss the specific IP needs of your business & how they can best be protected. Please contact us to book your free appointment.


Intellectual property advice clinics
Wednesday 21 August | 18 September at Central Library, 3.45pm – 7.05pm

Book a free 30 minute 1;1 appointment with a registered IP attorney. In partnership with firm members of CIPA (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, we are delighted to offer free access to expert practical advice, support and guidance on your intellectual property rights including patent, trade mark, designs and copyright information.


Local and family history workshops

Do you want to learn more about your family or your local history? Join our Local Studies team at these free and entertaining workshops, where you will be led through how to use a variety of digital and more traditional resources to dig deeper into your past. 

Ancestry and Find My Past for Beginners

Wednesday 24 July at Central Library, 2pm - 4pm

Get to grips with two of the leading family history websites, both freely available at Aberdeen City Libraries.

Introduction to family history

Wednesday 21 August at Central Library, 6pm - 7.30pm

Develop your genealogical skills in using both digital and traditional resources to find out more about your ancestors.

Dig Into The Past with Historic Maps

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

Old news, gateway to new knowledge

Wednesday 4 September at Cove Library, 2.15pm - 3.15pm

Examine the best methods of exploring historic newspapers, an invaluable resource for learning about past lives and events. Workshops last for approximately 90 minutes with additional time for practice. Previous knowledge of using computers is not required.

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