Multi million pound transformations for Surrey Libraries

Refurbishments approved for Epsom, Redhill, Staines, Weybridge and Woking libraries in 2024

June's Cabinet meeting approved a multi-million-pound investment into libraries across Surrey. This will transform the spaces and create flexible, inclusive, accessible and welcoming cultural hubs that are fit for the future.

The libraries will host a wide range of events and activities, acting as information points for both Council and other services. Surrey libraries are well used and loved by residents. This important investment strengthens their position in the heart of communities, providing warm, friendly spaces where everyone is welcome.

These five libraries represent over 25% of library use in Surrey. Their refurbishments are the start of a major programme of investment where every library will be enhanced by 2025, whether that is a mini refurbishment or a major building transformation.

By 2025, all Surrey libraries will be modern, flexible spaces that accommodate a wide range of events and services. Each library will have excellent books and resources, offer meeting room and exhibition space and include modern technology and business work spaces. They will become light and inviting environments that provide an exceptional visitor experience.

The redevelopment of these libraries follows on from the approval of Library and Cultural Services strategy and is closely aligned with the Surrey 2030 Community Vision and as part of Surrey's commitment to ensure no one is left behind.

Staines Library, have your say

This first phase of libraries work, which is part of a wider Library and Cultural Services strategy will begin with Staines Library. Surrey County Council are proposing plans for investing in the relocation of Staines Library to create a state-of-the-art modern library and Community Hub.

The proposed plans will include:

  • A flagship modern Library and Cultural Centre
  • Relocation to the former Decathlon store located in the Elmsleigh shopping centre
  • A new home for Citizens Advice, Voluntary Support North Surrey, Spelthorne Museum and other lettable space
  • Integration of Spelthorne Museum into the layout of the library to create an enhanced experience for residents
  • External branding to windows and brickwork and landscaping to outside area
  • A range of high-tech equipment to support a new programme of events and activities
  • An accessible new space with flexibility to host events for up to 100 people.

Residents and local businesses are invited to come and have their say on the plans at an in-person event on Tuesday 12 September at the current Staines Library between 2pm and 7.30pm.

After the event, the full details of the proposals will be available to view online where residents can state their preferences and provide feedback until Tuesday 26 September.

To find out more about libraries in Surrey, visit the Surrey Libraries web pages.

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