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Libraries' reading groups

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.

People chatting and readingSurrey Libraries supports over 600 reading groups across the county. We provide multiple copies of books, including brand new titles, to private and library-hosted groups.

Groups can choose any title in Surrey stock as long as there are least 15 copies in circulation for fiction titles, or 10 for non-fiction. To help you choose, please find at the foot of this page a regularly updated list of fiction and biography titles. This list is not exhaustive and staff at your local library will gladly make recommendations.

If you have checked our catalogue and find we have insufficient copies of the book you want, please ask us to consider purchasing more copies.

We encourage reading groups to review books they have read, and read reviews left by others online.

eBooks and eAudiobooks for reading groups

Surrey Library members have access to a wide range of eLibrary services. Find out more about how you can take your reading group online with our new range of eBook and eAudiobook titles for reading groups, and details of how meetings can be held virtually.

Joining or starting a reading group

Do you enjoy a good read? Relish a lively conversation? Like meeting people in a friendly environment? Why not join a library-hosted reading group?

Find out more about starting a reading group including borrowing guidelines for book loans to reading groups.

Have a look at these resources for reading groups which include lists of available and most popular titles, reading lists and links to reading and discussion websites.

Become a host for a library-hosted reading group

From time to time we look for volunteers to host one of our library-based reading groups.

Find out about new books and Library events

Follow your library on social media, look out for displays in your local library and browse some reading lists on our catalogue. Enjoy your reading!

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