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Library Direct

Surrey libraries have reopened

Surrey County Council has reopened thirteen libraries as part of a programme to gradually reopen across the county from 6 July, in line with Government guidance. The first libraries to reopen were Camberley, Dorking, Egham, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Horley, Oxted, Redhill, Staines, Weybridge and Woking.

We're working hard to start reopening services in other libraries and further updates will be posted on our Coronavirus information page, which also includes information about what services are available, which services are paused, and the safety measures in place.

If your regular visits to your local library are becoming more difficult or impossible because of illness, disability, mobility problems or caring responsibilities (including young carers) then consider using our Library Direct service.

Please note: We are only able to accept Surrey residents and community settings located within the boundaries of Surrey for these services.

Library Direct Home Service

If no one is available to borrow books on your behalf the Library Direct Home Service can help. We provide friendly volunteers checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to deliver books to those that are unable to get into a library themselves. We can arrange for books and audio material to be brought to you on a regular basis by a volunteer. Our volunteers will select books and audio books based on your recommendations, favourite authors and reading preferences.

We have a good selection of books in large print as well as standard print. We stock a large range of talking CDs which can be played on a standard CD player.

If you are interested in registering for this service please fill in the Library Direct Home Service registration form. Alternatively, you can contact library information service who will be able to register you over the phone.

Library Direct Community Settings

We offer an opportunity for a variety of 'community settings' such as care homes, nursing homes, long term in-patient wards and rehabilitation centres, to provide a library service to their residents. This works with your setting choosing a variety of books online and then collecting them from a suitable Surrey library. As a community setting interested in this option, you will need to provide a member of you own staff or one of your own volunteers to select and collect the library resources for your residents. We can support you in finding a volunteer should you need it.

Please refer to our LDCS Best Practice (PDF) guide for further support and suggestions on getting the most out of this service for your residents.

If you are interested in receiving services at your location, please complete and submit the Library Direct Community Settings registration form. By completing and submitting this form you are agreeing to our libraries privacy notice and the terms of agreement (PDF) for Library Direct community settings, both of which set out how we use your data.

Open Ticket

Could someone collect books on your behalf, such as a relative, friend or neighbour?

If so, an alternative option would be to consider our Open Ticket.

Files available to download