Library events



In response to the latest government advice on the coronavirus, Aberdeen City Council has today taken a number of steps to prevent further spread of the virus; protect employee and public health; and to ensure we can continue to deliver public services, especially to those who need us most.

Due to social distancing measures in place at Aberdeen City Libraries, we are unable to host events within our library buildings for the foreseeable future.

Therefore we are working on producing a series of digital online events which can be viewed and participated in from the comfort of your own home in the form of live and pre-recorded sessions.

The Council will continue to monitor and review the situation, taking account of evolving government guidance. Updates on the reintroduction of the full events programme and rescheduling of existing events will be announced when known.

If you have any questions, please email


Living Knowledge Network Presents - PEN Pinter Prize 2021: Tsitsi Dangarembga (Digital Event)

Monday 11 October, 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Zimbabwean novelist, playwright, and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga receives the prestigious 2021 PEN Pinter Prize and delivers her keynote address at a ceremony hosted by British Library and English PEN.

Please note that this is a digital event delivered by the Living Knowledge Network. Free access to the live stream at the following link -


Living Knowledge Network Presents: Literature Matters – RSL 200: David Harewood in conversation with Gary Younge (Digital Event)

Monday 18 October, 7.30pm - 8.45pm

Join actor and writer David Harewood and Gary Younge in Black History Month, as they discuss the themes of David’s new book Maybe I Don’t Belong Here, a deeply personal exploration of the duality of growing up both Black and British, and of recovery from crisis. This event stages a rallying cry to examine the systems and biases that continue to shape our society.

Please note that this is a digital event delivered by the Living Knowledge Network. Free access to the live stream at the following link -


An Introduction to Intellectual Property Strategy and Scottish Enterprise Opportunity Management IP Services (Digital Event)

Thursday 28 October, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

In this virtual talk, Martin Layton (Scottish Enterprise Opportunity Manager - Intellectual Property), will provide you with an introduction to Intellectual Property Strategy and Management.

Martin, who has over 30 years experience in the field of intellectual property & wider intellectual asset management, will also detail the IP strategy and management support available from Scottish Enterprise and the wider support available from the UK Intellectual Property Office

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of Martin following the talk.

Please note that this event will take place online via Microsoft Teams. Attendees will receive a link prior to the digital event.

To book your free place call 01224 652500 or email


Intellectual Property Advice Clinic Service

Protect Your Ideas - Virtual 1:1 Advice Clinic Appointments

Wednesday 20 October, 2.50pm - 6.40pm

Facilitated by the Business & Employability department of Aberdeen City Libraries. each confidential 1:1 virtual video or telephone consultation with a CIPA (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys) registered attorney is completely free of charge & lasts approximately 30 minutes.

To book an appointment, call 01224 652500 or email


British Art Show 9: Elliptical Reading by Abigail Reynolds

Saturday 10 July - Saturday 9 October at Central Library

Admission Free

Abigail Reynolds has developed Elliptical Reading, a regular reading hour at local libraries in each city of the BAS9 tour. Readers meet to share short sections from a favourite book, creating between them an unruly text or word collage, which builds over time.

In Aberdeen, Elliptical Reading is presented at the Central Library, where visitors can find books which have been chosen by local readers, re-bound by the artist, and re0shelved by the readers in new places outside their usual categories. An insight into the reader's choice is included on a bookmark in each book.

Elliptical Reading by Abigail Reynolds is presented by Aberdeen Art Gallery and Hayward Gallery Touring in partnership with Aberdeen City Libraries as part of British Art Show 9.

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