Library events

Fun, free events and activities in libraries

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

Make sure you never miss out by joining our mailing list. E-mail LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk to be added to the list.

Creators’ Club

Let’s build together with themed creative sessions this autumn and winter. Age 8-11 years. Booking essential. 

Children’s Library – Wednesdays 7 November, 5 December, 4pm – 5.15pm 
Call 01224 652507 to book. 
Kincorth Library – Tuesdays 6 November, 4 December, 3.30pm – 4.15pm 
Call 01224 872572 to book. 
Woodside Library – Wednesdays 17 October, 14 November, 12 December, 3.30pm – 4.15pm 
Call 01224 484534 to book.

Creators’ Club Junior Session

Thursday 25 October at Children’s Library, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
A younger years version of our popular model bricks session, for under 8s. An adult must be with each child for the duration of the session. Places are limited, so booking is essential. To book, please contact the Children’s Library on 01224 652507 or email childrenslibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Finding Ferryhill

Friday 9 November, 2pm – 3pm – Tattie Holidays
Friday 7 December, 2pm – 3pm – Christmas Bah Humbug!
Come to our special discussion group at Ferryhill Library to share your memories and photographs of Ferryhill and help map our area. Booking essential. To book, call 01224 581576.

Code Club

Monday 15 October, 2.45pm – 3.45pm at Culter Library. Phone 01224 732587 to book. 
Wednesday 17 October, 2.45pm – 3.45pm at Dyce Library. Phone 01224 723015 to book.  
Wednesday 24 October, 3pm – 4pm at the Children’s Library. Phone 01224 652507 to book. 
Learn to code your own computer game in Scratch at one of our Hour of Code sessions. No coding experience required. Free event suitable for age 8-12 years. Booking essential (places limited).

Junior Board Games Club

Tuesday 16 October\Tuesday 23 October at Media Centre, Central Library, 2.30pm – 4pm
A child friendly board game club for ages 8+. To book, call 01224 652507 or email childrenslibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk

North East Land Surveyors in the Antipodes

Wednesday 17 October at Aberdeen Central Library, 3.00pm – 4pm

Historic maps are fascinating objects. The surveying of land, with its sense of exploration and assorted instruments, is an evocative part of the cartographic process. Join local historian Dr Douglas Lockhart to discover the historical reality behind the romance as he details the life and work of three noted land surveyors. Each began their careers in the north east of Scotland before emigrating to the distant topography of Australia and New Zealand. The stories of Robert Ray, Alexander Ogg and George Campbell Smith will be illustrated with photographs, newspapers, archival material and plenty of maps. This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book a place, please email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk or call 01225 652500.

October holidays storytime and craft session

Thursday 18 October at Children’s Library, 2.30pm – 3.30pm. 
This session is for children aged 3 and over. To book, call 01224 652507 or email childrenslibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Human Library Event – Faiths and the World

Saturday 20 October at Aberdeen Central Library, 10am – 4pm
An event within One World Week. Aberdeen InterFaith Group, in conjunction with the Library, is organising another Human Library event. In this, representatives of different faiths will, in repeated short sessions with audiences of one or two listeners ('readers'), speak about their faith and how they respond to a 'changing world' (the theme of OWW) in a sympathetic environment. Drop in at any time. For further information please contact Nigel Dower nigeldower@yahoo.co.uk.

Halloween events

Join us for Spooky Storytime and Crafts sessions at your local library this Halloween Unless stated, events suitable for ages 4-12. Fancy dress encouraged. Booking is essential - please contact your local library directly to book.

Airyhall Library – 01224 310536 Wednesday 31 October, 3.30pm – 4.15pm
Bridge of Don Library – 01224 702800 Tuesday 30 October, 3pm – 3.45pm
Bucksburn Library – 01224 710830 Thursday 26 October, 3pm – 3.45pm
Children’s Library – 01224 652507 Wednesday 31 October, 6pm – 6.30pm
Cornhill Library – 01224 696209 Thursday 25 October, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Culter Library – 01224 732587 Monday 29 October, 5.30pm – 6.30pm (Age 5-8)
Cults Library – 01224 868346 Wednesday 31 October, 5.30pm – 6.30pm (Age 5-8)
Dyce Library – 01224 723015 Wednesday 24 October, 3.30pm – 4.15pm
Ferryhill Library – 01224 581576 Wednesday 24 October, 3.30pm – 4.15pm
Kaimhill Library – 01224 498160 Thursday 25 October, 3.30pm – 4.15pm
Kincorth Library – 01224 872572 Thursday 25 October, 10.30am – 11.15am
Mastrick Library – 01224 788558 Tuesday 30 October, 3.30pm – 4.15pm
Northfield Library – 01224 695104 Monday 29 October, 3.30pm – 4.15pm

Bram Stoker, Dracula and Aberdeenshire

Wednesday 31 October at Aberdeen Central Library, 6pm – 7.30pm
Specially for Halloween, all will be revealed about how Dracula was written in Cruden Bay. Based on his book When Brave Men Shudder, author Mike Shepherd tells the previously unknown story of Bram Stoker’s regular holidays to Aberdeenshire and how wrote his novels there. Find out, if you dare, how Cruden Bay inspired him to write Dracula, and how part of Slains Castle appears in Castle Dracula. And did you know that he wrote two novels in the Doric dialect and slipped a Doric phrase into Dracula? Mike Shepherd, from Aberdeen, is the author of Oil Strike North Sea, a personal history of North Sea oil. He also contributed a chapter to Diane Morgan’s book Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens. The talk will be followed by Q&A and books will be available to purchase on the night. To book a place at this free event, call 01224 652500 or email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Regular events

Protect Your Ideas

Wednesday 17 October 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 LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk for more information or to book a session.

Marketing, Branding & Social Media 1-2-1 Sessions

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 free 45 minute appointment, call 01224 652500 or email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

Get IP Savvy – Trademark & Copyright Basics

Practical and useful information for the small business owner wanting to learn how to protect their business name, logo, content and creative works.

Email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk or call 01224 652500 to reserve a place.

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 new, free weekly board game club. Not only do we have a range of games to play, feel free to BYOBG – Bring Your Own Board Game and challenge someone to a game.
Email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk for more details

IP SOS!

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

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

Various times available. Booking essential - contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk to book a free appointment.

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

Monday 26 November at Aberdeen Central Library, 2pm - 4pm

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

Introduction to family history

Monday 5 November at Aberdeen Central Library, 2pm - 4pm

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 LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk to reserve a place.

Get in touch with Local Studies on LocalStudies@aberdeencity.gov.uk for further information on future sessions.


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