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


Spanish Flu: Nursing during history's deadliest pandemic

Exhibition: Monday 1 April - Friday 3 May at Central Library

In 1918, as WW1 approached its end, nothing could have prepared the world’s population for the even more deadly event that was about to engulf them – the devastating Spanish Flu.

Infecting up to half of the world’s population, the death toll from this lethal pandemic far outstripped that of the war, with victims suffering from often terrifying and gruesome symptoms. No one was immune from this terrible infection, from Walt Disney to Lloyd George.

Aberdeen City Libraries and Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives are pleased to bring this exhibition from the Florence Nightingale Museum to the Central Library with added information and archival items on the impact of the disease in North East Scotland.


World Book Night: An Evening with Aberdeen Authors

Monday 22nd April at Central Library, 6.00pm - 7.00pm

In the run up to World Book Night, Aberdeen City Libraries are proud to present a special evening of readings designed to showcase the incredible talent that Aberdeen has when it comes to local creative writers.
The event will feature four local writers each giving a reading from their own work, followed by the opportunity to purchase their books.
Confirmed line up: John Bolland, Judy Mackie, Hannah Nicholson and Peter Sheal.


The Granite Men: A History of the Granite Industries in Aberdeen and North East Scotland

Monday 13 May at Central Library, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Granite is the most unyielding of building materials but from the mid-18th century the granite men of the North East hewed this material from the bowels of the earth and used it to fashion buildings, pave streets, build bridges over the Thames and create monuments for kings and commoners the world over.

Due to popular demand, author Jim Fiddes will be repeating his talk on the story of these men and their work.

This talk and book launch is accompanied by an exhibition on the local granite industry by Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums located in the Information Centre from 3rd April to 27th May.


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.


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.


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 1 May, 4.00pm – 5.15pm

Wednesday 5 June, 4.00pm – 5.15pm


Cove Library - 01224 245350

*Taster Sessions this April for ages 6-11*


Monday 29 April, 5.30pm – 6.30pm


Ferryhill Library – 01224 581576

Monday 13 May, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Monday 10 June, 3.30pm – 4.30pm


Kaimhill Library – 01224 498160

Monday 29 April, 3.30pm – 4.15pm

Monday 27 May, 3.30pm – 4.15pm

Monday 24 June, 3.30pm – 4.15pm


Kincorth Library – 01224 872572

Monday 13 May, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Monday 10 June, 3.30pm – 4.30pm


Woodside Library – 01224 484534

Wednesday 1 May, 3.30pm – 4.15pm

Wednesday 29 May, 3.30pm – 4.15pm

Wednesday 26 June, 3.30pm – 4.15pm



Business and enterprise events

Intellectual property advice clinics
Wednesday 15 May | 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 25 April | 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

Monday 13 May at Central Library, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

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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