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News and events in Surrey libraries

Library news

For the latest news, events and new releases, read the latest copy of our eNewsletter Shelf Life, which has now been incorporated into Surrey Matters.

Follow your library on social media or take a look at some of the events in libraries.

Changes to library opening hours

Opening hours are changing at Surrey libraries from 30 October 2017.

The future of the Performing Arts Library

We are currently running a consultation on the Surrey Performing Arts Library. Find out how you can have your say on proposed changes to the service.

Hearing Champion Sessions

We are very pleased to launch this free drop-in service for people with NHS hearing aids. Help available includes basic maintenance, battery supply, trouble-shooting, cleaning and re-tubing.

Sessions will be held monthly in the following libraries:

  • Camberley - first Monday of the month, 10am–12 noon.
  • Egham - first Thursday of the month, 1.30pm–2.30pm.
  • Godalming - first Monday of the month, 10.30am - 11.30am.
  • Guildford - last Tuesday of the month, 10am–12 noon.

Surrey Libraries book/film chat

  • starting Monday 11 September, 1–2pm via Skype, then every second Monday of the month, same time.

Unable to get to a book group but enjoy talking about books?  Do you enjoy films but don't always want to read the book? Discuss a book that you have all read or listened to (audio book) or watched (DVD). This is a great opportunity to talk to like minded people even if you cannot get out to a book group.

Join in for free but please register your interest via Eventbrite.  If you want to find out more you can email us at

Surrey Libraries' 2017 Children's Book Award

The winner of the Surrey Libraries' Children's Book Award 2017 is …

Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow, and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey.

Congratulations to Swapna and Sheena (and, of course, Dave), who were presented with their Awards at a celebratory Ceremony at Dorking Halls on Thursday 25 May 2017.

Thank you to all of the shortlisted authors, illustrators and publishers, and especially to the children and teachers of the 10 Champion schools, for supporting the Award so enthusiastically.

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 our libraries.

Guildford Makerspace

An enterprising community-based grass roots project focused on digital creation, collaboration and skills development is taking shape at Guildford Makerspace, located at Guildford Library already offers people of all ages and from all walks of life the chance to get hands-on experience of building and working with current and future digital technologies through a programme of fun, informative and inspirational ‘maker’ style events. We have big plans for the future, why not see how you can get involved?

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: