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


Book Week Scotland (18 - 23 November)


Loco-Motive For Murder: Train Noir with Susi Holliday and Mason Cross

Monday 18 November at Central Library, 6pm - 7.30pm

Join us for a journey into the world of “Train Noir”, as two authors discuss crime set on the rails.

SJI Holliday’s Violet takes us on a trip on the Trans-Siberian Express, but one of the passengers is not who they claim to be. Meanwhile, MJ Cross begins What She Saw Last Night with a death on the Caledonian Sleeper, leading to a mystery to unravel.


Writing for Wellbeing with Helen Boden - FULLY BOOKED

Wednesday 20 November at Central Library, 2.30pm - 4pm

Explore the positive benefits writing can have on your health & wellbeing through this creative writing workshop, led by experienced writer and tutor Helen Boden.

Helen will guide participants through a range of writing exercises designed to explore health issues and create a sense of increased wellbeing, and share helpful techniques to use at home.


Step Back In Time with SG Maclean

Wednesday 20 November at Central Library, 6pm - 7.30pm

Have you ever wondered how authors can authentically recreate another time and place? Are you a writer looking for tips for your own work?

Delve into the past as SG MacLean gives an insight into the research methods she uses when writing her highly acclaimed historical thrillers.


Science and Fiction with Helen Sedgwick

Saturday 23 November at Tillydrone Library, 2.30pm - 4pm

The Comet Seekers is a love story, based in an Antarctic scientific research centre, while The Growing Season imagines a future where, through biotechnology, anyone can grow a baby.

Former research scientist Helen Sedgwick will discuss the influence of science on her writing, and her venture into crime writing with her new novel available in 2020, When the Dead Come Calling.

Bookbug Picture Book Prize Storytime

Our special storytime sessions will feature titles nominated for this year's Bookbug Picture Book Prize. Suitable for children aged 3-8 years old with parents/carers.

  • Monday 18 November at Northfield Library, 3.30-4.15pm
  • Tuesday 19 November at Dyce Library, 10.30-11.15am
  • Tuesday 19 November at Bucksburn Library, 3.30-4.15pm
  • Wednesday 20 November at Cove Library, 3.30-4.15pm
  • Thursday 21 November at Children's Library, 2.30-3.30pm
  • Thursday 21 November at Torry Library, 3.30-4pm
  • Friday 22 November at Cults Library, 11.00-11.45am


Book Week Scotland Reading Groups

Join us at one of our special drop-in reading groups this Book Week Scotland and have a ‘Blether’ about what you have been reading recently and maybe pick up a recommendation or two from other readers.

Wednesday 20 November at Ferryhill Library, 11am

Thursday 21 November at Tillydrone Library, 2.30pm


Explore Your Potential with Sheila Hamilton

Wednesday 4 December at Central Library, 6.30pm - 7.45pm

Are you looking to boost your confidence, get help with giving presentations, learn to be more proactive and assertive or simply, get your point across better?

Listen to author & coach Sheila Hamilton talk about her recent series of illustrated personal development activity-based workbooks & how they can help you! Copies of Sheila's book will be available for sale at the event.


Dee To The Don And Beyond

Wednesday 11 December at Tillydrone Library, 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Join us for a journey through the archives of Historic Environment Scotland (HES). Come and discover fantastic archive images, sound and video relating to the City, Aberdeenshire and Scotland - freely from your local library and from home.

Join Neil Fraser, Public Services Manager from HES, to explore services such as SCRAN, Canmore and the National Collection of Aerial Photography and get the most out of them for your research and enjoyment.


A Merry Christmas and a Guid New Year! - FULLY BOOKED

Thursday 12 December at Central Library, 1pm - 2pm

Join us for a fun look through the archives of Historic Environment Scotland (HES) celebrating Scotland's Christmas and New Year traditions! Discover fantastic archive images, sound and video of Scotland's people and places at this special time of the year.

The material is accessibly freely from your local library and from home. Join Neil Fraser, Public Services Manager from HES, to explore services such as SCRAN and Canmore for your research and enjoyment.


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

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 4 December, 4.00pm - 5.15pm


Ferryhill Library – 01224 581576

Monday 25 November, 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Monday 23 December, 3.30pm - 4.30pm


Kaimhill Library – 01224 498160

Monday 2 December, 3.30pm - 4.30pm


Kincorth Library – 01224 872572

Tuesday 3 December, 3.30pm - 4.15pm


Woodside Library – 01224 484534

Wednesday 11 December, 3.30pm - 4.15pm



Business and enterprise events


Free Trademark Advice Clinic
Wednesday 20 November at Central Library. Appointments available between 3.45pm – 7.05pm

Book a free 30 minute 1:1 appointment with a registered trademark attorney.  Access free expert confidential  advice, support and guidance on your business names & logos and also avoiding infringement

Advice consultations by phone & by Skype are available for booking in addition  to in-person consultations in the library. Please specify your preference when booking.


#FSBConnect Networking Events at Central Library

Monday 25 November at Central Library, 6pm - 7.30pm

FSB Connect Aberdeen have partnered with Aberdeen City Libraries to offer you great networking opportunities for 2019. These events will take place monthly in Aberdeen Central Library.

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.


Choccy IP: An Introduction to Intellectual Property

Thursday 28 November 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. Using examples of chocolate related IP,  this lunchtime group session will cover the basics of protecting your intellectual property. Booking essential.

1:1 appointments are available for booking with our Business Librarian  to discuss the specific intellectual property rights of your business & how they can be best protected. Please contact us to book your free appointment.


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

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

Introduction to family history

Wednesday 11 December at Kaimhill Library, 2.15pm - 3.45pm

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

Friday 29 November at Central Library, 2pm - 3.30pm

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

Old news, gateway to new knowledge

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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