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Changes to charges

Our charges for overdue items and requests changed on Monday 30 January.

Full details: New charges from January 2017 (PDF)


Surrey Libraries' 2017 Children's Book Award

The shortlist for the 2017 Surrey Libraries' Children's Book Award has been decided. Pupils from 10 Surrey primary schools are busy reading the books and choosing their favourite.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Dorking Halls on Thursday 25 May.  


Words in Focus book and tour

Last year Surrey Libraries in partnership with Hurtwood Press and The Bluehouse Festival ran a poetry and landscape photography competition called ‘Word in Focus’. We had an overwhelming response to the competition with over 160 poetry submissions and 140 photography submissions.

The shortlisted entries have now been collated into a fabulous showcase book which has been printed on the finest archival paper, which means that it won’t discolour or fade for more than 500 years!

The book will be undertaking a tour of all of our main town libraries. It is also available as an eBook for you to borrow.


Could you work for Surrey Libraries?

Surrey Libraries are advertising a number of vacancies at different levels, from management to working on the library frontline, across our whole network of libraries. Working for the library service is an ideal job if you enjoy variety and can work flexibly.

We are looking for people with enthusiasm for excellent customer service who are keen to work with communities. All library roles include opportunities for individuals to develop their skills and knowledge.

Check out the vacancies we are recruiting for, and register for future library job alerts.


Upgrade to online library services

Our online library services have been upgraded, in particular the Advanced Search function is easier to use and the renewal process has been simplified, requiring fewer steps.

We have produced a guide to the new simplified renewal process.


Shelf Help initiative for young people in Surrey Libraries

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: ADHD, anxiety, ASD, bullying, confidence and self-esteem, depression, body-image and eating, mood swings and anger, OCD, stress and self-harm.

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.


Epsom Library shop

Epsom Library's brand new shop is now open.


Learn in the Universal Class

Continue your lifelong pursuit of knowledge with Universal Class. Now available in Libraries and from home via the Online Reference shelf.


Reading groups

Details of Reading Groups in libraries.


Oyster cards and one day bus passes

Dorking Library sells new oyster cards and can top up pay as you go. 


Find out if your library is affected by bad weather

As soon as information is received we will update the Libraries affected by bad weather page, which you may want to bookmark: www.surreycc.gov.uk/librariesbadweather.

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