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.


Help Aberdeen City Libraries and the National Library of Scotland shape a new service

We are working with the National Library of Scotland (NLS) to develop a service where you can obtain access to NLS material via your local library. We would love to hear what types of material you would be interested in accessing. Please complete our short survey and let us know! https://bit.ly/3BF2WZi.


Scavenger hunts

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