Local Studies publications and leaflets


Celebrating Aberdeen's Beach Ballroom: History and Memories 1929 - 2009

This colourful publication takes you on a journey through the decades as told from personal stories, memories and photographs. Read about the resident and visiting bands of the 40s and 50s, pop groups from the 60s, competitive dancing, beauty competitions, Touch of Tartan Ball and lots more. You can buy this at Central Library for £14.50. 

Avery Pictorial Guide to Aberdeen 1909

A reprint of the original guide to commemmorate the 2009 Year of Homecoming. On sale in libraries for £3.

Music Hall 150 years: Celebrating 150 years of Aberdeen's famous concert hall by Edi Swan.

You can buy a copy from the Information Centre and Adult Lending Desk in the Central Library for £5.


We sell a wide range of postcards of historic views of Aberdeen, ranging from street scenes, harbour views, parks and gardens to buildings of interest. These postcards are on sale in all libraries for 30p each.

Family history leaflets

Our family history resources leaflet will help you with your family history research in Aberdeen Central Library

A guide to getting started with your Scottish Family History. Originally produced for Scottish Local History Week 2009 and Homecoming Scotland 2009.

Supplementary to the getting started guide is the record of ancestors sheet

Guide to using Scotland's People, the official source of geneological data in Scotland.

Guide to using the Ancestry.com service available on PCs in the Central Library Information Centre and Media Centre.

Local Studies leaflets

A guide to the resources available in Local Studies.

A guide to the rules governing provision of information and copying of the Electoral Registers.

List of external sources for Local History Enquiries.

Guidance on tracing living people.

Other leaflets 

Contact details

Local Studies
Central Library
Rosemount Viaduct
Aberdeen City Council
AB25 1GW

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