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Changes to the library service IT and computer systems

Surrey Libraries has joined the Libraries Consortium which will provide an improved service. As a Surrey Libraries member, you will be able use your card in any of the Surrey Libraries as well as the 380 libraries in London and Essex. This includes access to an additional 8 million plus items of stock as well use of their PCs. Access to and use of consortia libraries will commence in October.

Our data migration earlier this month was successful, our in library systems are now running as normal. Please note: We have received customer feedback about accounts no longer being linked. We are working with our supplier to resolve this issue. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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We will also be upgrading our Public PCs to new machines and changing our printing system to allow Wi-Fi printing from your own device and the ability to book and access printing through our self-service kiosks. There will be other enhancements that include new Apps and web platforms which will be coming over the summer and autumn 2021. This will take a little bit of time to bed in so we will have completed that work by early 2022.

Your questions answered

What changes are happening and why?

  • Surrey Libraries is joining the Libraries Consortium which will provide an improved service. As a Surrey Libraries member, you will be able use your card in any of the Surrey Libraries as well as the 380 libraries in London and Essex. This includes access to an additional 8 million plus items of stock as well use of their PCs.
  • Joining the libraries consortium will provide a more up to date and better value for money library management system with enhanced functionality which is required to run a modern library service.

Why are you updating your PCs?

  • We are moving from PCs using windows 7 to PCs with windows 10.
  • This will provide a faster and more reliable service with increased functionality.
  • This will provide the latest versions of Microsoft Office programmes.
  • We are updating our PC booking system to allow self service printing via our library kiosks, printing from your own devices and improved booking software.

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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.