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Surrey Performing Arts Library consultation

The Surrey Performing Arts library is part of the Surrey County Council library network. It helps support the cultural life of the county by bringing together a wide range of material on all aspects of the performing arts and particularly by its specialist service to performance groups. This is through the loan of multiple sets of music and drama materials borrowed by groups and by single copy books borrowed by individuals, which can be borrowed by visiting the library at Denbies Wine Estate Dorking, or by collection from local libraries.

Surrey County Council is faced with having to find more than £100 million of savings this year alone. We would like to continue offering a performing arts service to the community, but we need to make Surrey Performing Arts Library cost neutral by 1 April 2018 – a saving of at least £180,000.

Current options being considered are:

  1. The library service continues to provide written and recorded material relating to the performing arts by relocating the stock and delivering the services as follows:
    1. Separating the multiple sets into music and play sets and relocating each in an existing library. The service operates by a mix of Surrey County Council library staff and volunteers. Groups retain: facility to reserve material for a booking fee; hire sets for a fixed charge; access to a member of staff for support; access to drop-off and collection point; collection and deliver via a local Surrey library.
    2. All single copy items become part of the general library stock and are distributed throughout the Surrey library network. Existing facilities are retained; reservations, CD hire and DVD hire for the standard charge, collection and delivery via a local Surrey library.
  2. The transfer of ownership, either in part or full, to a community or other organisation on the understanding that the stock continues to be available to the public. Interested parties might include an educational institute, community group, not for profit organisation or charity.
  3. If neither of the above options can deliver the required savings, then close the service and signpost to the nearest alternative services.

Comments can be submitted until 1 October 2017 and any member of the public who is not a performing arts library user is invited to email their comments to

Alternatively, written comments can be sent to: SPAL Consultation, Community Connections, Redhill Library, 18-20 London Road, Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, Surrey. RH1 1NN.