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


National Library Of Scotland: Local films go global: An example from Aberdeen (Digital Event)

Wednesday 4 August, 3pm - 4pm (Online)

More and more moving image content from the National Library of Scotland's collections is available online for people around the world to view.

Some of the catalogue records for these films lack the local knowledge of the time. Can local communities help to improve them? National Library of Scotland Curator Ann Cameron and Aberdeen City Libraries Local Heritage Librarian David Oswald discuss this question, and share an example with a film screening.

The collection of 'local topical' films featured in this event are by Ernest Bromberg from Aberdeen. Ernest Bromberg opened Aberdeen's first and only News Cinema in Diamond Street in September 1936.

In the early 1930s, people went to the cinema to watch the newsreels: to see and hear about people, places and events that they had read about in the papers.

This screening will show a range of events in the city and its surrounds: sporting occasions, military parades, social events at the Palais de Danse, royal visits, 'Stay at Home Holidays' in Hazlehead Park (wartime staycations!) and the aftermath of the first daylight air raid on Aberdeen.

Please note that this is an external event run by the National Library Of Scotland.

For more information on this free event or to register, visit their Eventbrite page here.


The Silver City on the Silver Screen: Researching local films from the Moving Image Archive (Digital Event)

Wednesday 11 August, 3pm-4.30pm - Online on Microsoft Teams

Following on from the National Library of Scotland’s Local films go global: An example from Aberdeen event, Local Heritage Librarian David Oswald will look at how we can use library and other resources to learn more about historical local films. 

The session will look in detail at two local newsreel films by Aberdeen filmmaker Ernest Bromberg and show how old newspapers, maps and online resources can reveal the history behind them. 

The session will also look at how historical research can be submitted to the National Library Scotland’s Moving Image Archive to improve our collective understanding of these films. 

This event will be held online using Microsoft Teams. It will be free to attend but must be booked in advance. To book a place, please email or phone 01224 652500. 


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.


Intellectual Property Advice Clinic Service

Protect Your Ideas - Virtual 1:1 Advice Clinic Appointments

Wednesday 18 August, 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

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