Central Library open day programme

Join us and our very special guests at Central Library’s Open Day on Saturday 7th June.

Catherine Czerkawska

We are delighted to welcome the multi-award winning novelist and playwright to Central Library. Her eight novels include God’s Islanders and The Curiosity Cabinet, shortlisted for the Dundee International Fiction Prize 2013. Catherine will be reading from and discussing her latest novel The Physic Garden; a story of love in nineteenth century Glasgow.

Mezzanine level 2.30 – 3.30. Book your place now.


Scottish Fiddle Festival Group

Tap your feet to traditional tunes. Main staircase, 11.00 – 11.35am

Edinburgh Youth Gatherin’

Younger musicians play traditional Scottish tunes. 1.30 – 2.00pm on the main staircase.


The Edinburgh-based vocal ensemble perform a variety of choral arrangements.  2.30 – 3.00 on the main staircase.

Naxos Music Streaming

Learn how to stream jazz and classical music to your computer, tablet or mobile phone with Naxos. Music Library, 10.00 – 11.00am

Children’s Events and Activities

(all events in the children’s library unless stated otherwise)

Janis Mackay

Meet the author of The Accidental Traveller, The wee seal and the Magnus Fin series of books. 2.00 – 3.00pm.
Book your place at this event – ages 8 -11

Catherine Rayner

Meet the award-winning illustrator whose work adorns the walls of our brand new children’s library. 10.30 – 11.30am.
Book your place at this event – ages 4 – 7

Dr Book

The Doctor will prescribe fantastic new books and authors especially for you! Pop in any time between midday and 1.30pm

Let there be lightChildren’s Crafts

Badge making and crafts all day.
Anyone aged 10 and over can also make a  model of central library (which lights up!) in the Board Room from 2.30 – 4.00pm – book online for this activity


Rhymes and songs for 0 – 4 year olds and their parents and carers. 12 noon until 12.30pm

Scots word quiz

Can you tell a toorie from a tumshie? Match the words and pictures in our fun quiz for all ages (all day)

Architectural sketching workshop

With Sara Beevers. Sketch the marvelous views from the Fine Art Library. All levels welcome (bring a drawing pad and board if required).
Fine Art Library, 10.30am – 12.30pm – book your place online

Local and family history

Family history – learn your story

Drop in to the Acoustic Pod between 10.30am and 11.30am to find out about Ancestry and other free online services which can help you trace your family tree.

Treasures of the Central Library

Visit the Boardroom any time between 10.30am and 1.00pm for a rare chance to see some of the jewels of our historic collections.

Your World War One Story

Do you have any artefacts, photos, medals or diaries from your family in WW1? If you’d like to find out more about them come along to the mezzanine any time between 10.30am and 3.30pm to meet our experts.

Books and reading

ebook surgery

Find out how to download free ebooks and audiobooks from the library and try out our selection of ebook readers and tablets. We’ll be on the mezzanine level from 12.30 – 1.30pm.

Book cafe

Fancy a chat about books? Want to join a book group? Don’t know what to read next? Join us for a coffee and a chat in the Mezzanine between 11.30 and 12.30.

Your neighbourhood

Meet your local neighborhood team

What is a Community Safety Officer – and what does an Environmental Warden do? Ask us – we’ll be in the foyer from 11.00 until 4.00. And don’t forget to join in with our mystery activity…

City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership

Drop in to the mezzanine between 11am and 4pm to share your views about the city centre, view our giant map and get busy building or drawing your favourite places.

Last but not least

WIN a £20 book token in our ‘guess where’ competition! Match the photos to the Central Library departments they were taken in. Trickier than it sounds!

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