Library changes due to coronavirus

In line with Government advice, libraries in Surrey will reopen for browsing and computer use from Monday 12 April.

Opening hours hours may vary so please check before visiting.

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

West Byfleet Library will offer a click and collect service only. There is no public access into the building. You can return items, collect requests (reservations) and Ready Reads at the door.

Ewell Court Library will not reopen until Tuesday 18 May.

No computer access at the following libraries: Bramley, Ewell Court, Lightwater, Lingfield, New Haw, Stoneleigh and Virginia Water.

Face coverings must be worn inside all library buildings, in line with current Government guidance. To ensure the library remains a safe space to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, a range of measures have been introduced.

Which services are we now offering?

You will have the choice to:

  • Browse and borrow items in libraries.
  • Use our Click and Collect service, allowing customers to return their items, collect Ready Reads and reserved books.
  • Use the Public PCs and printing at relevant locations.
  • Photocopying.
  • Request books for free in advance using our reservation service and pick them up from your nearest open library.
  • 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.
  • Use of study spaces, seating areas and meeting rooms.
  • Newspapers.
  • Face to face events and Digital Buddy sessions.

Which in-branch services are now available online?

What should you do with the books and other items you currently have on loan?

Normal service will be resuming, and normal charges will start to apply again. Please check your library account to make sure your books and other items don't become overdue.

Opening hours

Library opening hours from Monday 12 April.

Library Opening hours Open days
Addlestone9.30am until 5pmTuesday to Saturday
Ash 10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
10am until 4pmSaturday
Ashford9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Ashtead10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pm Tuesday and Thursday
10am until 1pm Friday and Saturday
Bagshot2pm until 4pmMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
10am until 12 noonThursday
Banstead 10am until 2pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
10am until 4.30pmThursday
Bookham 10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pm Tuesday
10am until 1pmThursday, Friday and Saturday
Bramley10am until 12 noon Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
2.30pm until 4.30pmThursday
Byfleet10am until 4pm Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
6pm until 8pmWednesday
3pm until 5pmThursday
2pm until 4pmSunday
Camberley9.30am until 5pm Monday to Friday
10am until 4pmSaturday
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 to Friday
9.30am until 5pmSaturday
Esher9.30am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pm Tuesday and Thursday
9.30am until 1pmFriday and Saturday
Ewell9.30am until 5pmTuesday to Saturday
Ewell CourtReopening Tuesday 18 May at 10am  
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
Hersham 10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pm Tuesday and Friday
10am until 1pmThursday
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 and Friday
9.30am until 2pmWednesday and Thursday
10am until 2pm Saturday
Lightwater 2pm until 5pm Wednesday
10am until 1pm Friday
Lingfield2pm until 5pmWednesday, Thursday and Friday
10am until 2pmSaturday
Merstham 10am until 4pm Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
10am until 1pmWednesday and Thursday
Molesey9.30am until 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Tuesday
9.30am until 1pmWednesday and Thursday
9.30am until 5pmFriday and Saturday
New Haw1.30pm until 4.30pmMonday to Thursday
10am until 1pm Friday
Oxted9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Redhill9.30am until 5.30pm Monday to Friday
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 to Friday
9.30am until 5pmSaturday
Stanwell2pm until 5pmMonday
10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pmTuesday, Thursday and Friday
10am until 1pmSaturday
Stoneleigh10am until 12.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Sunbury 9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Tattenhams10am until 1pmTuesday, 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 to Friday
9.30am until 5pmSaturday
Warlingham10am until 1pmTuesday and Friday
10am until 1pm and 2pm until 4pmThursday
10am until 1pm and 1.30pm until 3.30pmSaturday
West Byfleet10am until 1pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Weybridge9.30am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Woking9.30am until 5.30pm Monday to Friday
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 also have a well developed online events offer 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.

Click and collect

The click and collect service allows customers to return their items, collect Ready Reads and reserved books at the entrance.

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. Reservations will remain free for this period. This service is ideal if you want a specific author or title.

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.

Click and collect libraries are accepting returns so you can return your items when you collect your Ready Reads or reservations or pop them through the "out of hours" return box.

Computer access

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

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

Guidelines for computer usage

During this time, residents who require access to computers in our libraries for essential purposes will be able to do so. This will be on an appointment only basis. To book a slot, residents are asked to call the contact centre 0345 600 9009, choose Option 6, who will connect them to their local library.

We are introducing 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.
  • You can book in advance: on the website, by phone via the Contact Centre.
  • You can book in person in the library. Please ask a member of staff.
  • Temporary guest logins will not be available.
  • 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 mandatory for customers to 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.
  • limiting the number of customers in our libraries at any one time.
  • clear signs asking you to observe social distancing.
  • protective screens at counters where you need to interact with our staff.
  • separating returned items from the rest of the stock for 72 hours in line with Public Health England advice.
  • 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 that are open.

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 in the next few weeks.


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