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Reminiscence collection

Please note: we are currently reviewing how the Reminiscence collection is being used and you may find that some items, such as DVDs, that are currently listed in the catalogue as being available to borrow have been withdrawn. Please bear with us during this period of time and we hope to have a new and improved collection for you in the near future.

The Reminiscence Collection is designed to be used by anyone who is caring for and supporting people with dementia, memory impairment or memory loss, whether at home or in a care or group setting. Users may be healthcare professionals, or individuals who are supporting family members or friends.

The collection consists of a wide range of materials for use in reminiscence therapy. It includes music, CDs, flashcards, sensory boxes, posters, toys, games and jigsaws, as well as books: textbooks, activity books and themed books for browsing. The collection aims to stimulate memories of life from the 1920s onwards.

How to register

To register as a Reminiscence Borrower, you will need to visit any Surrey library with the appropriate identification, as follows:

  • If you are an individual caring for someone at home, you will need to bring proof of your home address, such as a driving licence or utility bill.
  • If you are working in a care or group setting, you will need to bring proof of your home address, plus name and address identification from your place of work, such as headed paper or an ID badge.

How to borrow items

A catalogue is available to download at the bottom of this page.

Registered users can borrow up to 12 items for a period of 6 weeks.

There is no charge to reserve items from the Reminiscence Collection.

You can reserve items online, or by visiting, phoning or emailing your local library.

Items will be sent to your local library for collection. The Reminiscence Collection is currently held at Woking Library and can be viewed by appointment only.

For further information about the Collection, how to become a registered user, or how to reserve items, please ask at your local library or contact the Library Information Service on 01483 543599 or email

Files available to download