- Scores - Our scores collection suits the needs of instrumentalists and singers of all standards and we also keep extensive collections of full, miniature and study scores.
- Plays - Our play collection covers the standards, modern plays, monologues and plays for children, plus older and rarer plays, with a good selection of foreign plays.
- Books - Our bookstock collection provides in-depth material covering all aspects of music, dance, theatre and cinema.
- Audio-visual - Our extensive collection of CDs and DVDs covers music, dance, theatre, cinema, sound effects and tutorials.
Vaughan Williams collection
We have a specialist Vaughan Williams collection and permanent display covering the life and works of Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) and commemorating his strong links with the area where he lived and where he composed some of his most important pieces.
Making Music Kirby Collection
The Making Music Kirby Collection was launched in August 2011 thanks to a generous legacy from Alan Kirby, Making Music's first Chairman. He was a leading figure in choral singing in Surrey and, together with his wife Ethel, was keen to ensure the continued success of choral singing in Surrey.
Please contact Surrey Performing Arts Library for further information on the following:
- Dictionaries, encyclopedias and catalogues for reference (printed and digital)
- Naxos Music Library (streaming service) and Oxford Music Online (including Grove) available via the Adult online reference shelf
- Internet computer and free wifi
- Personal listening facilities for cassettes, CDs and vinyl
- Digital piano – free to use and no booking needed
- Quiet study room
- PENfriend - a small device for you to use in the library, it supports you with choosing your audiobooks by reading aloud the basic details of each of the audiobooks so you can choose which one to take home
Magazines and journals
We stock a selection of magazines and journals covering our subject and interest areas. Using your library card you can access some of these online:
- Amateur Stage
- BBC Music
- Billboard Magazine (online via Zinio)
- British Music Society News
- British Music, Journal of the British Music Society
- Choir and Organ
- Classical Music
- Computer Music (online via Zinio)
- Dancing Times
- Delius Society
- Early Music Today
- Elgar Society Journal
- Elgar Society News
- Fontes Artis Musicae
- Frank Matcham Society Journal
- Guitarist (online via Zinio)
- ISM Journal
- Jazz Journal
- Music Teacher
- Music Week (on the Adult online reference shelf via the Custom Journals link)
- Musical Opinion
- Musical Times
- Opera (also on the Adult online reference shelf via the Custom Journals link)
- Popular Music and Society (on the Adult online reference shelf via the Custom Journals link)
- Rolling Stone (online via Zinio)
- The Stage
- tm (Theatres Magazine)
- Tonic, Journal of the Robert Simpson Society
- Total Film (online via Zinio)
- Upbeat, Journal of the Royal College of Music