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Libraries for 5 to 12 year olds

Coronavirus: due to the coronavirus outbreak, all Surrey Libraries are closed

Please read this urgent statement about Surrey's library service including information about loans and renewals.

You can access our online library services: Free eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines and newspapers as well as other resources that can be accessed at home

Shut but still open

We have published a list of online services, activities and fun things for both children and adults to do whilst at home.

Libraries from home for children and young people

Libraries from home for adults

Joining the library

It's free to join the library and to borrow books and audio books!

There are a selection of great card designs to choose from, so you can find a card which is just right for you. You can use your library card in all Surrey libraries and borrow up to 20 items.

You can join by visiting the library or joining online.

Ask a parent or guardian to come to the library with an official document which has your family name and address on.

Having difficulty finding the right books?

We have put together a massive range of book lists for all ages and abilities, including picture books:

Discovering Children's Books with British Library

Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children's Books, a free online resource for children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages. The site explores the history and rich variety of children's literature, drawing on inspiring material from medieval fables to contemporary picture books.

Reading Well for Children

Reading Well for Children is the new, expert endorsed, booklist from the Reading Agency.

Designed to support children's mental health and wellbeing, the list is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 but includes titles aimed at a wide range of reading levels.

The list covers general information and advice on the following:

  • maintaining good mental health and wellbeing,
  • managing feelings and worries,
  • navigating the world around you, including at school and online,
  • dealing with bereavement and trauma,
  • Support for living well with conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Titles can be found in most of our libraries or they can be requested online and sent to your local library. Click on the link below to view the availability and location of the titles:

Reading Well for Children

Summer Reading Challenge

Join in the fun of the annual Summer Reading Challenge – there are incentives and rewards to collect as you visit the library and read six books over the summer. Even better, it's free to take part.

Children's Book Award

The Surrey Libraries' Children's Book Award takes place every year, and celebrates the best fiction for seven to nine year olds.


Our Chatterbooks reading groups are a chance for children aged 7 - 11 to have fun sharing books they enjoy and taking part in games and activities.

Read Hear

Youngsters who experience difficulties in reading often find listening to a story whilst following the text makes it easier to identify and remember troublesome words. Our Read Hear collection has been specifically designed to help children who need extra encouragement.

Life Matters

Are you or your family facing a new or challenging situation? We all experience times in our lives when we need some information and guidance. Please see our Life matters - how libraries can help, webpage, for hep and advice. Our reading lists also cover a wide range of topics.

Group visits to the library

Libraries welcome visits from school classes, Brownie & Cub packs, etc. Please contact your local library for further information.