Library collections and reading lists

Language books and courses

We provide a range of language books and multimedia courses.

To borrow one of these courses you need to be a member of your local library.

Course lengths vary depending on the level and style.

They are located in the standard stock of your local library, or can be reserved online.

Most language courses come with one or more audio tapes or CDs and an instruction booklet for practice. The exercises are usually a combination of written exercises, listening exercises and speaking skills.

Also, there are number of adult learning language courses in a classroom environment.

Quick Reads

What are Quick Reads?

Quick Reads are a series of short books by bestselling authors and celebrities. With no more than 128 pages, they are designed to encourage adults who do not read often, or find reading difficult, to discover the joy of books.

The Quick Reads programme, run by The Reading Agency collaborated with over 30 publishers to produce a total of 135 titles written by some of the most popular authors in the UK including: Andy McNab, Jojo Moyes, Anne Cleeves, Ian Rankin and Benjamin Zephaniah.

See the Reading Agency website for more information about the Quick Reads programme.

Where can you find Quick Reads?

You can find Quick Reads titles in all Surrey libraries; you can borrow them by visiting a library and selecting from any on the shelf. You can reserve them in branch or on our online catalogue using the search term "Quick Reads".


If you have a passion for poems, take a look at our Poetry in Surrey blog, and make a suggestion or submission of your own. The blog is updated daily, and includes sections dedicated to poetry recordings, children's poetry, and selected poetry titles available from Surrey Libraries.

Search our online catalogue to explore our extensive range of poetry titles from around the world, including both classic and modern poets. Alternatively search for poetry eBooks and eAudiobooks available now via our digital platforms.

Graphic novels

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a graphic novel.

You can find graphic novels in 24 of our libraries and you can reserve them at any of our libraries or from our online catalogue.

For even more try searching our eComics service on the Libby app.

What's in the graphic novels collections?

There are popular series from action adventure, dark fantasy and gothic noir to manga.

You'll find titles by well known authors like Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Garth Ennis, Art Spiegelman and Frank Miller. Not to mention Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Kosuke Fujishima, Masami Tsuda and Shuichi Shigeno.

Where you can find graphic novels?

Libraries with graphic novel collections:

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