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Libraries for teens

Joining the library

It's free to join the library and to borrow books! You can join by visiting the library or online.

If you are under 16, ask a parent or guardian to come to the library with an official document which has your family name and address on it.

Select your library card from a variety of designs. Joining is quick and easy and your library card can be used in all Surrey libraries to borrow up to 20 items.

Shelf help

Are you a young person experiencing issues such as anxiety, depression or bullying?

'Shelf Help' – a new initiative from Reading Well – champions a fantastic range of titles to support your mental health. The list covers a range of issues common among young people, such as: anxiety, depression , OCD, ADHD and autism , confidence, bullying and self-esteem, self harm, body image and eating , mood swings and stress and more general well-being.

Developed by The Reading Agency in consultation with the charity Young Minds, each title in Shelf Help has been endorsed by health professionals, so you can be sure you're getting the right advice.

Young people with first-hand experience of the issues covered have also endorsed the selection; ensuring variety, accessibility and even humour. Most importantly the books help you tackle a difficult issue head-on. Shelf Help offers a varied mix of fiction and non-fiction titles, with many available in a range of audio and eBook formats, so you can read or listen wherever you happen to be.

Take a look at The Reading Agency's downloadable guide to Shelf Help (PDF)

Young adult non-fiction collection

The young adult non-fiction collection is made up of over eighty titles.

Shelf Help was launched in 2016 and many of the authors included in the scheme have since published books which also explore health and wellbeing. #MeToo began in 2017, bringing with it fresh feminist voices and in the same year many young transgender authors began to write about their experiences.

In young adult non-fiction you'll find all of the above as well as coding, social media, exam stress, meditation and more.

Once reserved, young adult non-fiction can be sent to your local library free of charge.

There are no overdue charges on young adult non-fiction borrowed on a young adult's ticket.

Volunteering in libraries

We offer lots of opportunities for volunteering in libraries, especially over the summer as a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer, where you will be:

  • Enrolling children onto the Challenge
  • Giving them their rewards and incentives
  • Talking to them about the books they have read
  • Helping with summer holiday events and activities

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 help and advice. Our reading lists also cover a wide range of topics for all ages.

eBooks and eAudiobooks

You can borrow free eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Surrey Libraries digital collection:

  • cloudLibrary for eBooks – borrow up to four titles for three weeks
  • OneClickDigital for eAudiobooks – borrow up to ten titles for three weeks. The majority of the titles are in mp3 format and have unlimited availability so there are no waiting lists
  • Project Gutenberg eBooks – classic titles which can be downloaded for free and do not count against your library limit.

Internet safety

Be Internet SMART provides you with tips to keep you smart and safe on the web.

The Breck Foundation looks at ways of exploring the internet safely. This site provides updates on an internet safety campaign that was started in Surrey by Breck's mother. This site also links to ThinkUKnow which has a section for those aged 11–13 and for those aged 14+.

Driving test

Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the entire official test questions licensed from the DSA.