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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, Adult Learning offer a number of language courses in a classroom environment.


Ben Okri said, "We need poetry more than ever. We need its direct insistence on the magic of listening. In a world consumed by the madness of believing that only our side is right, we need the voices that speak to the highest in us."

Surrey Libraries houses a magnificent collection of poetry from around the world. You will of course find the classics and beautifully bound collections celebrating the natural world in all its glory. There is also a new wave of poetry, resonating with young people, coming from both performance poets and even Instapoets.

A selection of poetry titles and collections (pdf).

So many best-loved children's books are told in rhyme. A selection of children's books told in rhyme (pdf).

Visit the Surrey Libraries poetry blog. We welcome submissions from those living and working in Surrey.

Graphic novels

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

You can find graphic novels in 28 of our libraries and you can reserve them at any of our libraries or from our online catalogue.

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:

Woking, Guildford, Epsom, Camberley, Redhill, Staines, Ashford, Ewell, Godalming, Farnham, Haslemere , Sunbury, Bookham, Oxted, Horley, Esher, Banstead, Weybridge, Caterham Valley, Dittons, Walton, Dorking , Molesey, Egham, Ashtead, Leatherhead, Reigate and Cranleigh.