Library events

Fun, free events and activities in libraries

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Booking is essential for all Aberdeen City Libraries events.

To book a place, call 01224 652500 or email


Bookbug Week in Scotland

Catch A Tune with Diana Peers

Saturday 18 May at Children's Library, 10.30am - 11.30am

Storyteller Diana Peers will be joining us for a special interactive family storytelling session for Bookbug Week Scotland.


Kerry Hudson: Returning to Britain's Poorest Towns

Friday 17 May at Central Library, 5.30pm - 7pm

Acclaimed novelist, activist and columnist Kerry Hudson in conversation on poverty in Britain today.
Kerry Hudson is proudly working class but she was never proudly poor. The poverty she grew up in was all-encompassing, grinding and often dehumanising. Always on the move with her single mother, Kerry attended nine primary schools and five secondaries, living in B&Bs and council flats.

Lowborn is a powerful, personal exploration of poverty in Britain. In it Kerry revisits the towns she grew up in to try to discover what being poor really means in Britain today and whether anything has changed.


FSB Connect Networking

Monday 20 May at Central Library, 6pm - 7.30pm

Don't miss this free business networking opportunity in the Central Library organised by Aberdeen City Libraries in association with FSB Connect Aberdeen! Find out about the benefits of both FSB & library membership & make important new contacts. Tea, coffee & light refreshments will be available.

Cybercrime is a huge issue -  described  in 2018 as ‘the biggest evolving crime type in the UK and beyond in terms of volume and complexity’  by detective chief superintendent Pete O’Doherty, lead of cyber and head of economic crime at the City of London Police. Don’t miss booking for this free networking event at which  Robbie Ross- Cybercrime Safety Prevention and Resilience Liaison Officer from Police Scotland will provide you with tips on how to avoid it in your business.

Click on the link to book your free place.


Airyhall Library 50th Birthday: Maggie Craig

Saturday 25 May at Airyhall Library, 2.15pm - 3.15pm

Maggie Craig is a Scottish writer and historian, author of the ground-breaking and acclaimed Damn’ Rebel Bitches: The Women of the ’45, When the Clyde Ran Red, a popular history of Red Clydeside, and several page-turning historical novels. She is a regular and popular speaker around Scotland’s libraries and book festivals. A Glaswegian, she has lived for many years in her mother’s native Aberdeenshire.


I Will Survive: Frederick Douglass Talk

Monday 3 June at Central Library, 6pm - 7.30pm

Andrew Taylor and Celeste-Marie Bernier will join us at Central Library for a talk about the life of Frederick Douglass, a key figure in the fight to abolish slavery.
They will discuss their book I Will Survive: Frederick Douglass and Family in the Walter O. Evans Collection which draws upon a collection of previously unpublished letters, speeches, diaries and photographs by Douglass and his family to build a portrait of the man, including his links and visits to Scotland.


Dee to the Don and Beyond

Wednesday 12 June at Central Library, 2pm - 3pm

Join us for a journey through the archives of Historic Environment Scotland [HES]. Come and discover the fantastic images, sound and video relating to the City, Shire and Scotland free available at your local library and from home. Neil Fraser, Public Services Manager from HES, will explore services such as SCRAN, Canmore and the National Collection of Aerial Photography and demonstrate how to get the most out of them for your research and enjoyment.


Diabetes Week

What do you know about Diabetes Trailblazers?

Monday 10 June at Central Library, 6pm - 7.15pm

Dr. Ken McHardy, Aberdonian and retired Diabetes Consultant, will outline his city's pre-eminent place in the history of diabetes, a condition now affecting more than 1 in 20 of the population. He will describe the pioneering work of local man, James Matthews Duncan in the 19th Century on diabetes in pregnancy; the near miss of fish pancreas extracts as a cure when tried by John Rennie and Thomas Fraser in Aberdeen in 1906; the discovery and first successful use of insulin by a team in Toronto led by Aberdeen medical graduate J.J.R. Macleoad (who consequently shared a Nobel prize); and the enormous contributions of Ferryhill-born Robin Lawrence to the development of national and international clinical diabetes services, after his own life was narrowly saved by the arrival of the first insulin supplies in the UK in 1923. Dr McHardy seeks to increase awareness of this amazing collection of contributions by the sons of one city by sharing their too little know stories.


Diet and Diabetes - no single diet fits all!

Monday 17 June at Central Library, 6pm - 7.15pm

Our population is ageing, obesity levels are increasing and the number of patients with Type 2 Diabetes is growing worldwide. At the moment, the NHS spends more than £1 billion per year on diabetes diagnosis and treatment. Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease which can be prevented or treated effectively by diet and lifestyle interventions. However specific foods or diets may work for some but not for others. What makes somebody a responder or a non-responder to a dietary treatment? Has it anything to do with your DNA, with you body composition, with your gender, gut bacteria or where you live?

Join Professor Baukje de Roos from The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen for this event as a round up to Diabetes Week.


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.


Book Sale

Wednesday 22 May - Wednesday 5 June at Central Library

Sale of withdrawn stock, including standard and large print books, DVDs and CDs.

Inspired by Marie Kondo, we have been having a tidy up of our shelves and have plenty of great items that are now looking to spark joy in others in a new home so pop along to Central Library to grab yourself a bargain... or 30!


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 5 June, 4.00pm – 5.15pm



Ferryhill Library – 01224 581576

Monday 10 June, 3.30pm – 4.30pm


Kaimhill Library – 01224 498160

Monday 27 May, 3.30pm – 4.15pm

Monday 24 June, 3.30pm – 4.15pm


Kincorth Library – 01224 872572

Monday 10 June, 3.30pm – 4.30pm


Woodside Library – 01224 484534

Wednesday 29 May, 3.30pm – 4.15pm

Wednesday 26 June, 3.30pm – 4.15pm



Business and enterprise events

Intellectual property advice clinics
Wednesday 19 June 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.

Get IP savvy!

Intellectual property – in its words, logos, pictures, products, designs or a combination - can be a valuable asset to your business. Join at these lunchtime sessions to discover basic information about how to protect your own intellectual property with our Business and Enterprise Librarian.

Trademark and copyright basics
Thursday 30 May | 27 June at Central Library, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Practical and useful information on how to best protect your business name, logo and creative works.

Patents and design basics
Thursday 23 May at Central Library, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Benefits and basics of patent and design protection for your product/idea. 45 minute 1:1 appointments with our Business and Enterprise Librarian are available for booking following the lunchtime sessions to discuss the specific intellectual property needs of your own business and how our services and resources can be of assistance to you.


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. 

Introduction to family history

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 21 June at Tillydrone Library, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

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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