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Libraries for the under 5s

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

The Pebble card

Children are never too young to join the library and the under 5's can have their very own Pebble library card.

Pebbles library cardIt's never too early to start looking at books with your baby. Regularly sharing books, stories and rhymes help to build a baby's early language skills and encourage a lifelong love of reading.

It's free to join and borrow books! Your child can borrow board books, picture books or talking books from our wide range for up to three weeks. Books can be renewed online or at the library.

How to join

Register online or visit your local library, taking along something with your name and current address to pick up your child's new library card.

Pebble's Reading Adventure

When your child joins the library they can take part in Pebble's Reading Adventure.

Every time they return their books to the library they will receive a stamp on their collector card. Once there are six stamps on the card, your child will receive a special reward.

Pebble Rhymetime and Storytime

  • Pebble Rhymetimes - everyone is welcome to come and join in with songs and rhymes at the library
  • Storytimes - Discover stories old and new with your child at the library

Having difficulty finding the right books?

Try having a look at our online book lists for some helpful suggestions.

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.

Early learning

Visit our Early Years section for information and advice about reading and literacy for young children. The first few years are the most important in your child's learning and development. As a parent or carer you have the biggest influence during this time and there are a number of ways in which you can help with their early development.

Group visits to the library

Libraries welcome visits from early years groups, school classes, Children's Centres, etc. Please contact your local library for further information.

Hungry Little Minds

The Hungry Little Minds campaign was launched by the Department of Education to encourage parents and carers to adopt positive activities and behaviours and boost children's communication, language and literacy development.

You can find a range of fun activities and useful resources tailored to the needs of children aged 0-5 on the Hungry Little Minds site.

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