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Surrey to reopen libraries from 6 July

Surrey County Council plans to start gradually reopening libraries across the county from 6 July, in line with Government guidance. The first libraries to reopen will be Camberley, Dorking, Egham, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Horley, Oxted, Redhill, Staines, Weybridge and Woking.

During the initial phase we have prioritised reopening at least one library in every borough and district, focusing on main towns where we reach a large proportion of our customers.

Remember you can use your membership card at any library in the county.

We're working hard to start reopening services in other libraries and further updates will be posted on our Coronavirus information page, including information about what services will be available, which services are paused, and safety measures.

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.

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Library modernisation

Surrey County Council is planning to work closely with communities across the county to ensure their library services remain open with an updated library service that works for them. There are 52 libraries across Surrey now and the Council want to keep library services in each of the communities that they serve.

Find out more about plans to modernise the library service.

The Surrey Performing Arts Library and its proposed transfer to the charity NewSPAL

At their 26 February meeting Surrey County Council's Cabinet approved NewSPAL as the organisation to offer a Performing Arts Library service to the public. Read our update page for further details.

Micro:bits

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life. Each element is completely programmable via easy-to-use software on a dedicated website.

Surrey Libraries has been involved in a nation-wide project to bring BBC micro:bits to libraries, called The Library Initiative. The vision of the Micro:bit Educational Foundation is: "to inspire every child to create their best digital future". The aim is to support young people to develop the coding skills they will need for so many careers in the future.

To borrow a Micro:bit you need to reserve them (reserve a Micro:bit online or at the library enquiry desk) and you can have them on loan for three weeks, renewable if there are no outstanding reservations. Search for microbit on the catalogue.

Find out more and take a look at some of the many Micro:bit projects

KNFB reader for those with a visual impairment

KNFB Reader is an app, downloaded onto a tablet, which converts printed text to speech by taking a photograph of the text and reading it aloud. It will read any printed text and enables those with a visual impairment, or a print impairment such as dyslexia, to access any printed material in the library.

KNFB Reader is now available in 12 Surrey Libraries:

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.

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