Dementia support in libraries

Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life.

Surrey Libraries are committed to providing whatever support they can for those with dementia or a memory impairment or for anyone supporting someone with dementia or a memory impairment.

The support comes in different forms:

Tovertafel interactive table

Working together with our partner Active Surrey, we now have Tovertafel, a projection-based system, installed at Banstead Library.

It is primarily designed for people living with Dementia and adults with learning disabilities but could also appeal to children who thrive with sensory rather than competitive activities. The pre-installed games and activities are designed to conquer apathy by stimulating physical activity and social interaction. The activities can also help strengthen the relationship between professionals and their clients and improves the quality of life for people with a cognitive challenge. It helps to stimulate brain activity in elderly people living with dementia.

Adults are welcome to come and discover the magic table and enjoy them with their families or carers. Organisations are also welcome to make bookings.

The Tovertafel is available at Banstead Library during regular opening hours. Drop in use is available, however slots can be booked in advance. Please speak to library staff, or email

You can find out more about Tovertafel on the Tover website or by watching this Tover video on YouTube.

Reminiscence Collection

This collection is designed for anyone in Surrey who is supporting someone with dementia or memory impairment, whether at home or in a care or group setting. The collection consists of a wide range of materials for use in reminiscence therapy, including books, DVDs, games, flashcards, activities, jigsaws, music and artefacts, all aimed at evoking memories and stimulating discussion and conversation. You can find out more about the collection on the Reminiscence Collection webpage.

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