Coronavirus: due to the coronavirus outbreak, all Surrey Libraries are closed
Please read this urgent statement about Surrey's library service including information about loans and renewals.
You can access our online library services: Free eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines, eComic and newspapers as well as other resources that can be accessed at home
Shut but still open
We have published a list of online services, activities and fun things for both children and adults to do whilst at home.
Plans to reopen libraries from 6 July
Surrey plans to start gradually reopening libraries across the county from 6 July, in line with Government guidance.
The county's libraries closed on 20 March due to the coronavirus lockdown and the Council is now planning how to reopen services in a safe way with guidelines in place for social distancing.
Planning for opening library buildings again is already well underway as it will be part of the third step in the Government's national recovery plan, meaning some libraries may start to reopen from 6 July. The priority will be staff and customer safety, which means the libraries will have to operate in a different way with a reduced service, limited capacity in buildings, additional cleaning measures and guidelines in place for social distancing.
Despite the buildings being closed, Surrey's libraries have seen a huge increase in membership with numbers up 110% compared to a similar period last year, as people join online from home. Library members have been enjoying a varied offer of digital services, with over 11,000 e-books and audiobooks downloaded since lockdown began. Videos on the popular Surrey Libraries Facebook channel, including online Rhymetime sessions, craft and science activities and even an online Lego club, have reached over 230,000 people. Videos have been so popular that the Surrey Libraries have launched a new YouTube channel.
We will issue more details about which libraries will be open, opening times and range of services in the coming weeks.
A message from Surrey Libraries
We wanted to let you know about the following changes to our service following the Government's advice on coronavirus and social distancing.
- All Surrey library branches are now closed till further notice. We will keep this under review and will be guided by national developments.
- All loans, including rental items (e.g. DVDs), are extended until at least the 1st of July. You will not need to take any action if you already have items on loan, and no extra rental will be charged.
- We are suspending our reservation service with immediate effect.
- Once we reopen existing requests will be available for a period of 10 days before returning into circulation.
- All events and activities are cancelled with immediate effect. Any hirers are eligible for a full refund.
- Out of hours return boxes are currently closed so please hang onto your items until we reopen.
- Our digital services already provide FREE eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eComics and newspapers as well as other resources that can be accessed at home.
Our teams are working hard to enhance our digital service while we remain closed. You can find out more about the services you can access from home today by following the links below:
If you have any questions, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or @surreylibraries on twitter or call 03456 009 009 and select option 6.
Don't forget to check out your local Library's twitter feed for local information and plenty of ideas and suggestions for staying active while in lockdown.
We wish you and your families well in these extraordinary times and we will keep you updated with more information and news in due course.
Susan Wills, Service Manager Libraries and Heritage