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Young adult books and writing

Libraries reopening news and updates

We are intending to reopen our libraries to browsing and PC use on Monday 7 December.

Until then, libraries will offer Ready Reads, the click-and-collect service and computers for essential use. Full details on our Coronavirus information page.

New and classic young adult fiction

New titles for 2020 and many classics from years of great young adult fiction.

Stock suggestions

If an item is not on the catalogue you can use our online stock suggestion form to tell us what you would like added to our stock. We will consider your suggestion. This service is free but we regret we are unable to respond to stock suggestions.

eBooks and eAudiobooks

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

  • RBdigital for eAudiobooks, eBooks, eMagazines and eComics. 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.
  • Borrow Box for eAudiobooks. Borrow up to ten titles for three weeks. Log in using your library card number and PIN.
  • Ulverscroft for eAudiobooks. You can borrow up to four titles for up to three weeks.
  • Project Gutenberg eBooks provides classic titles which can be downloaded for free and do not count against your library limit.

Helping readers become writers

  • The Surrey libraries poetry blog
    The Surrey libraries poetry blog welcomes submissions. Visit the blog to explore the blog and submit your poem.
  • Elmbridge Literary Competition
    To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall, the Elmbridge Literary Competition 2021 is looking for poems and short stories that take music as their inspiration.
  • Guildford Book Festival short story competition
    This annual festive takes place during October. Deadline for competition entries usually falls in August. Visit the website for more information.
  • BBC writers room
    The BBC writers' room is a great place to find scripts and explore the scripting process from first drafts to commission. You'll find guidance on script submissions and writing opportunities.
  • BBC young reporter competition
    This annual competition is for young people, aged 11 to 18, who want to report on a story or issue which is important to their life or the world around them. Entries are now closed for 2020 but you can view previous stories and articles and get ready for young reporter 2021.
  • New Writing South
    If you're an aspiring writer of novels, short stories, poems or plays, New Writing South is here to feed your creativity. It serves writers from across south east England. We're committed to nurturing an inclusive community of writers, regardless of background or previous experience.

Young adult well-being and support

Libraries are safe spaces and can offer a wealth of resources to support your well-being.

Driving test

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

Volunteering in libraries

Owing to the ongoing coronavirus situation, we are not currently recruiting volunteers in our libraries.

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