Living Knowledge Network in Surrey libraries

We are excited to announce that Surrey Libraries are now a member of the Living Knowledge Network. Created by the British Library, the Living Knowledge Network is a UK wide partnership of national and public libraries centred on exchanging knowledge and developing world class, memorable experiences for public library users.

Being part of the Living Knowledge Network gives Surrey Libraries customers access to a vast array of cultural events within their local library, including exhibitions, screenings, talks and even livestreams that you can watch from home! This is part of our journey to transform our Surrey libraries into local cultural hubs.


Fantasy: Realms of Imagination exhibition

Opening on Friday 27 October at Guildford library, the free display explores the rich diversity of the fantasy genre, from Arthurian legends to manga and live action role-playing games.

Inspired by 'Fantasy: Realms of Imagination' at the British Library (27 October 2023 – 25 February 2024), supported by Wayland Games, the display at Guildford library explores how fantasy is flourishing today across a range of different media – literature, TV, film, games and more – and looks back at the origins of the genre.

The exhibition will start at Guildford on 23 November then tour around different libraries across the county: Horley library (24 November to 21 December), Dittons library (22 December to 25 January) and finishing at Chertsey library (26 January to 24 February).

Guildford library: live stream events

The following events are being hosted online by The British Library. Join us is in Guildford library to watch these sessions. Tickets are free and can be booked by emailing

The Worlds of Terry Pratchett

  • Saturday 9 December from 2pm until 3.30pm

Neil Gaiman and Rob Wilkins discuss the life and works of the beloved fantasy author, Terry Pratchett.

Tickets are free and bookable by emailing

An evening with Philip Pullman

  • Thursday 14 December from 5pm until 6.30pm

Author, Philip Pullman in conversation with Julia Eccleshare.

Tickets are bookable by emailing

Horley, Dittons and Chertsey libraries

We will update further as Horley, Dittons and Chertsey libraries finalise their programming.

Further Information:

For centuries readers have escaped their everyday lives and journeyed into new worlds filled with magic and adventure, incredible mythical creatures, and heroes and villains that speak to our greatest dreams and fears. From ancient folk tales and fairy stories, gothic horror and weird fiction, to live action role-playing games, fantasy is a rich genre filled with magical worlds imagined by writers, artists and creators that has had an enduring, global impact.

Additional British Library Living Knowledge Network events which you can livestream from home.