Aberdeen’s iconic city centre library is marking its 125th anniversary this year with a number of celebrations.
Aberdeen’s Central Library will celebrate the occasion with a range of events for all the family to enjoy.
Part of the famous Education, Salvation and Damnation row of civic buildings on Rosemount Viaduct, along with St Mark’s Church and His Majesty’s Theatre, the Central Library opened on July 5, 1892.
It is the headquarters for all library services in the city and the building was publicly funded by local campaigning which began in 1889.
It was opened by famed industrialist Andrew Carnegie and his wife, who contributed £2,000 to the consultation process.
Prior to the opening ceremony, Mr Carnegie was presented with the freedom of the city by Lord Provost Stewart and was given a ceremonial burgess ticket, which was tied with a crimson ribbon to his top hat. An open competition was held for architects on the library’s design, with Alexander Brown being selected as the winner and designing the bookcases, counters and other fittings for the library.
A celebratory reception was due to be held tonight, which will see the screening of two films – a 125 anniversary commemorative video and a unique 360 film of the city librarians and treasures in the council’s collections.
Councillor John Wheeler, education and children’s services convener, said: “What a fantastic milestone for one of the city’s landmark buildings.
“The Central Library is so much more than a lending library – it houses extensive catalogues of maps, newspapers and photographs as well as birth and death records and for generations of Aberdonians, it has been a hugely-important centre for research and education.
“I’m sure the 125th birthday events will provide a fitting celebration of our much-loved Central Library.”
Service manager for culture Fiona Clark said: “We are all really looking forward to our anniversary events.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate the past city librarians, our collections and treasures as it is of the building itself.
“We are justly proud of the library services provided from this building over the last 125 years and look forward to continue to do so for the next 125.
“I know the people of Aberdeen have always held, and always will have, a great affection for the Central Library and will want to join us in our celebrations.”
A commemorative booklet will also be launched and there will be a special presentation by colleagues from Regensburg in Germany, Aberdeen’s twin city. As well as the reception, the library will be hosting a range of activities at an anniversary fair on Saturday from noon to 4pm.
On the mezzanine floor of the lending department there will be musical performances, games, a special book sale of old library stock, refreshments and cakes.
Fair-goers will also be given the chance to challenge library staff to a game of Jenga and will win a free rental from the Media Centre if they beat them.
The event will also cater for younger readers in the children’s department.
Kids will have the chance to try out 3D design and printing and there will be Victorian-themed crafting, a balloon artist and face-painting.
Community libraries across the city will be joining in the celebrations, including picnics with Library Bear and superhero stories with Library Lady and a chance to spot her on her code quest.