Library changes due to coronavirus

From Monday 19 July we will be following step four of the Government guidelines in opening up our services. We recommend you wear a face covering when you visit. Please use the use hand sanitiser provided. We also ask that you scan the track and trace QR code which you will find at the front entrance.

We may reduce capacity in some of our smaller libraries to allow everyone more space to enjoy their visit.

Horley library's meeting rooms are available for hire again.

From August 2021 we will be making significant changes to our IT and computer systems. Some of our services will be unavailable between Wednesday 4 and Thursday 19 August. You will be able to use our library kiosks to borrow and return items. You will not be able to renew items but we will be extending all loans by a period of 6 weeks on Monday 2 August so you will not incur charges during this time. For details please see our library news page.

Opening hours hours may vary so please check before visiting.

Customers will be able to continue to make use of the Ready Reads service where the library team selects books based on individual preferences.

No computer access at the following libraries: We are experiencing technical issues and are currently unable to offer computer access in any of our libraries. We are working to resolve the issues and hope to have this service restored as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The following libraries are currently no offering computer access at any time: Bramley, Ewell Court, Lightwater, Lingfield, New Haw, and Stoneleigh.

Which services are we now offering?

You will have the choice to:

  • Browse and borrow items in libraries.
  • Ready Reads.
  • Request items from the catalogue. This service is currently suspended due to changes we are currently implementing to the library service IT and computer systems.
  • Use the Public PCs and printing at relevant locations. . PC access is via a walk in service only. There are currently no online bookings. Some libraries currently have no printing facilities. Check your library before visiting.
  • Photocopying.
  • Access the Library Direct Home library service if you or someone you know is a vulnerable member of the community.

Which services are paused at this time?

  • Bus Passes and Blue Badges.
  • Newspapers.
  • Digital Buddy sessions.

Which in-branch services are now available online?

Opening hours

Library Opening hours Open days
Addlestone9.30am until 5pmTuesday to Saturday
Ash 10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pmTuesday (closed 3 August), Thursday and Friday
10am until 4pmSaturday
Ashford9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Ashtead10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
10am until 1pm Monday and Saturday
Bagshot2pm until 5pmMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
10am until 1pmThursday and Saturday
Banstead9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Bookham 10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pm Tuesday and Friday
10am until 1pmThursday
10am until 4pmSaturday
Bramley10am until 12 noon and 2.30pm until 4.30pm Tuesday and Friday
2.30pm until 4.30pmThursday
10am until 12 noon Saturday
Byfleet10am until 4pm Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
6pm until 8pmWednesday
3pm until 5pmThursday
2pm until 4pmSunday
Camberley9.30am until 5.30pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
9.30am until 7pm Tuesday
9.30am until 5pmSaturday
Caterham Hill2pm until 5pm Monday
10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pmTuesday, Thursday and Friday
10am until 4pmSaturday
Caterham Valley9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Chertsey2pm until 5pm Monday
10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pmTuesday, Thursday and Friday
10am until 4pmSaturday
Cobham9.30am until 4pm Tuesday
9.30am until 5pm Wednesday and Thursday
9.30am until 1pmFriday and Saturday
Cranleigh 9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Dittons9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Dorking 9.30am until 5.30pm Monday to Friday
9.30am until 5pmSaturday
Egham9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Epsom9.30am until 5.30pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9.30am until 7pmTuesday and Thursday
9.30am until 5pmSaturday
Esher9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Ewell9.30am until 5pmTuesday to Saturday
Ewell Court10am until 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
10am until 4pmSaturday
Farnham9.30am until 5pm Monday to Saturday
Frimley Green10am until 1pm and 2pm to 5pmTuesday, Thursday and Friday
Godalming9.30pm until 5.30pm Monday to Friday
9.30pm until 5pmSaturday
Guildford9.30am until 5.30pm Monday to Friday
9.30am until 5pmSaturday
Haslemere9.30am until 5pmTuesday to Saturday
Hersham2pm until 5pmMonday
10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pmTuesday, Thursday and Friday
10am until 4pmSaturday
Horley9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Horsley10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
10am until 1pmSaturday
Knaphill1pm until 5pmMonday
10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pmTuesday, Thursday and Friday
9.30am until 4pmSaturday
Leatherhead9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Lightwater10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pm Tuesday and Friday
10am until 1pm Saturday
Lingfield2pm until 5pmWednesday, Thursday and Friday
10am until 2pmSaturday
Merstham 10am until 5pm Tuesday and Friday
10am until 1pmWednesday and Thursday
10am until 4pm Saturday
Molesey9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
New Haw1.30pm until 4.30pmMonday to Thursday
10am until 1pm Friday and Saturday
Oxted9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Redhill9.30am until 5.30pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9.30am until 7pmTuesday and Thursday
9.30am until 5pmSaturday
Reigate9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Shepperton2pm until 5pm Monday
10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pmTuesday, Thursday and Friday
9.30am until 4pmSaturday
Staines9.30am until 5.30pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
9.30am until 7pmTuesday
9.30am until 5pmSaturday
Stanwell2pm until 5pmMonday
10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pmTuesday, Thursday and Friday
10am until 1pmSaturday
Stoneleigh10am until 12.30pm and 2pm until 4.30pmMonday, Tuesday and Saturday
10am until 12.30pmThursday and Friday
Sunbury 9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Tattenhams10am until 1pmMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
10am until 5pmFriday
10am until 4pm Saturday
Virginia Water2pm until 4.30pm Tuesday
5pm until 7pm Wednesday
10am until 12.30pm Thursday and Friday
10am until 1pm Saturday
Walton9.30am until 5.30pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and to Friday
9.30am until 7pm Tuesday
9.30am until 5pmSaturday
Warlingham9.30am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pmTuesday, Thursday and Friday
10am until 1pm and 1.30pm until 4pmSaturday
West Byfleet10am until 1pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Weybridge9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Woking9.30am until 5.30pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9.30am until 7pm Tuesday and Thursday
9.30am until 5pm Saturday

Online offer

We have a brilliant online offer at Surrey Libraries with over 30,000 eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines and eComics available to access for free. These can be read online or downloaded using the Libby app and Pressreader. We will continue to offer some events on our Facebook page with new video events added daily as well as an extensive back catalogue of over 200 videos on our YouTube channel featuring rhymetimes, storytimes, STEM activities, crafts and much more.

Request books

You can request your books in two ways:

1) Use the library catalogue to request a book and pick it up a branch of your choice. This service is ideal if you want a specific author or title. This service is currently suspended due to changes we are currently implementing to the library service IT and computer systems.

2) Use our Ready Reads service, whereby you tell us the type of books you like and our knowledgeable staff will select titles to meet your needs. You can select up to 5 books using this service and can request books for multiple adults and children one form. A good service if you just want a selection of books.

Please note:

  • Reservation charges of 75p online and £1.75 in person are being reintroduced at pre-COVID rates however, our Ready Reads Service will remain free for contact free borrowing.

Computer access

Please note: Computer access will not be available at the following libraries: Bramley, Ewell Court, Lightwater, Lingfield, New Haw and Stoneleigh.

Scanning facilities will also be available but only at the following libraries: Camberley, Dorking, Godalming, Guildford, Redhill, Staines, Walton, Weybridge and Woking. Time limit of 30 minutes on the scanner PC.

We are still using safety and social distancing measures to be able to offer this service. These include:

  • Use the hand sanitiser provided at the library entrance before using PCs.
  • Please collect a clean keyboard and mouse from the counter for your computer session and return it afterwards.
  • Limiting the time on the PCs to one hour (speak to staff if you need longer for a government application such as Universal Credit) or 30 minutes for the scanner.
  • Limiting the number of PCs in use.
  • Only one person per PC (unless you need help).
  • Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Printing available - please pay for printing by contactless.
  • Reducing the amount of contact needed - staff at the library will not be able to help you, but there is a Digital Assistance helpline available, Telephone: 0300 200 1008
  • Regular cleans of the PC screen, chair arms, chair back and chair control lever.
  • Please use the PCs considerately and minimise waiting time for other customers.

Safety and social distancing measures

We have comprehensive safety and social distancing measures. These include:

  • face coverings - following Government updates, it is recommended that customers wear a face covering when visiting the library, so please help to keep each other safe by adhering to this. If you are one of our customers who are exempt from wearing a face covering, we will be very happy to welcome you as normal. For more information please visit: Government Face covering guidance.
  • rigorous cleaning in our libraries and hand sanitiser provided at library entrances.
  • we may reduce capacity in some of our smaller libraries to allow everyone more space to enjoy their visit.
  • clear signs asking you to observe social distancing.
  • protective screens at counters where you need to interact with our staff.
  • reducing the amount of contact needed. Services which require close contact such as event and activities, use of public PCs and bus passes will be temporarily paused or moved online.
  • introducing a new self-issue system giving you the option to borrow items via your smart phone in the libraries.

Keeping everyone safe

We are committed to keep you and our staff safe, so we have a number of measures in place to enable us to operate in COVID secure way.

We are also working with the Community Partnered Libraries to support them and what services they can provide.


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