Local Studies

Aberdeen Local Studies provide information and help with research on all aspects of the city and the surrounding area from the earliest period of history to the present day.

Join us to discover your family history, enjoy friendly learning opportunities, build the history of your local area, explore lots of online resources and use all our facilities and services.

We look forward to welcoming you to Aberdeen Local Studies and assisting with your research. If you have any questions or would like further information on our service, please contact the Local Studies team.

Please see the link below to download our Local Studies leaflet.


Research appointments

As part of the planned reinstatement of our services, you are now able to access Central Library for research purposes during a pre-booked appointment slot. 

All research appointments must be pre-booked by using the online form below. You can also contact us on the phone by calling 01224 652500 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 12pm).

More information on this page.


Scavenger hunts

We have created Website scavenger hunts. Explore our varied collection , including photograph, posters and ephemera on The Silver City Vault website (www.silvercityvault.org.uk) to find answers to the questions. Responses to the questions can be found at the end of the document.


How to find us

Local Studies is located within the Information Centre at the Central Library. It is fully accessible to disabled visitors via the lift and ramped entrance.

The Central Library is located on Rosemount Viaduct, at the end of Union Terrace, adjacent to St Mark's Church and His Majesty's Theatre. It is approximately 10-15 minutes' walk from the railway station. Car parking facilities are available at the rear of the building at the Denburn Car Park, Skene Street. Charges apply.

See the location map

Opening hours

Monday and Wednesday: 9am to 8pm 
Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday: 9am to 5pm

Contact Details

Local Studies

Central Library
Rosemount Viaduct
AB25 1GW

Tel: 01224 652543
Fax: 01224 624118
Email: LocalStudies@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Please remember to include your full name and postal address in any e-mail enquiry to assist us should we need to send you copies of relevant material.

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