Libraries for 5 to 12 year olds

Library news and updates

For library news and updates please see our library news page.

Stock from across The Libraries Consortium (TLC) is now available to Surrey Library members.

You can place reservations on titles in the catalogue regardless of where they are in the consortium. Borrowers will now have access to over eight million items of stock from over 380 branches. Your questions answered.

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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.

Winter Mini Challenge 2021, An Arctic adventure

The 2021 Winter Mini Challenge is on!

The Summer Reading Challenge, saw thousands of children reading and exploring nature and action for the environment as part of this year's Wild World Heroes theme.

Now things have started to get chilly and the winter holidays are coming, children can join the Wild World Heroes as they embark on an Arctic adventure.

They can find out about the creatures that live there and the environmental issues facing this precious, remote place. They might even spot a narwhal or two!

Taking part in the Winter Mini Challenge is simple. A child needs to read at least three books between 1 December and 16 January and add them to their online profile. You need to create a profile on the Winter Mini Challenge website.

Already signed up? If you've taken part in the Summer Reading Challenge or a Winter Mini Challenge before, you might already be a member of the website.

You can then earn fun digital rewards! You'll find loads of other great stuff on the website too, including games, book reviews, reading activities and content from the best children's authors and illustrators around.

More information on the Challenge and how to get involved can be found on the Reading Agency website.

The 2021 Winter Mini Challenge is run by The Reading Agency in partnership with WWF.

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.

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.

ULibrary Bookworms Book Club

Bookworms Book Club is ULibrary's dedicated book club for younger listeners. Bookworms allows children to enjoy the same audiobook at the same time and discuss it with Bookworms members around the world.

If you are not already a ULibrary member, you will first need to register for a ULibrary login.

Library resources for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Take a look at what we have to offer to support parent and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disability.

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 and Cub packs and so on. Please contact your local library for further information.

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