Events and activities at Guildford Library

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Special events

Fantasy: Realms of Imagination exhibition

Live streamed events

  • Saturday 9 December: The Worlds of Terry Pratchett.
  • Thursday 14 December: An evening with Philip Pullman.

For more details visit the Living Knowledge Network page.

Christmas fun with Fiona Barker

  • Thursday 21 December, from 10.30am to 11.15am. Please arrive 10 minutes early

Join picture book author, Fiona Barker for the festive storytime with signing, reading, "The Big Christmas Bake" and" I Definitely Don't Like Winter", followed by some singing and a craft activity.

Fiona believes that a good picture book is for life, not just for childhood. She loves talking to all ages about picture books. She is writer in residence at The Marist School in Sunninghill where she works to promote reading for pleasure and is a registered WI speaker.

Suitable for ages 3 to 7. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Booking necessary. Please purchase a ticket for each child attending, suggested donation of £4 per ticket. No ticket needed for babes in arms.

Please book online or if unable to book online, book in the library.

Book for Christmas fun with Fiona Barker at Guildford Library.

Rhymetime and storytime

Pebble rhymetime

  • Every Monday at 10.30am and 11:30am
  • First Saturday of every month at 10.30am

No booking necessary. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Find out more about Pebble rhymetimes in Surrey libraries,


  • Every Wednesday at 10.30am

No booking necessary. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Nature storytime

Guildford Library will be running a Nature Storytime on the

  • Last Saturday of every month, from 10.30am to 11am
    • 30 December

Suitable for ages 2+, this storytime will cover themes such as animals, nature and the environment.

It is free to attend. No booking necessary. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Cantonese/English Bilingual Storytime

  • Second Saturday of every month at 2.30pm, upcoming dates:
    • 9 December

It is free to attend. No booking necessary.

Run in partnership with the Guildford Hongkongers. The events provide a fun and enjoyable introduction to new languages and libraries for young children. Sharing Cantonese and English books and stories with young children can help to build good language, learning and listening skills and give them a head start when they begin school and in life.

Find out more about storytime in Surrey libraries.

Reading groups

LGBTQ+ Reading Friends

Surrey Libraries, in partnership with The Reading Agency, will be hosting a monthly Reading Friends group at Guildford Library for members of the LGBTQ+ community to come together around a shared love of reading.

Run by LGBTQ+ members of staff, the groups will have discussions and recommendations on a different subject each month. They will always be confidential, supportive, and positive spaces.

The Guildford Library LGBTQ Reading Friends group will meet:

  • on the first Saturday of the month, from 10am to 11.30am.

You can express an interest in joining this group by completing our online application form or by speaking to a member of staff in Guildford Library.

Find out more about reading groups in Surrey libraries.

Other events

Sit and sketch club

  • Every Monday and Saturday from 11 to 1pm. Materials provided.

Event suitable for ages 16+ only.

Crafting circle club

  • Every Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon (please bring your own materials).

Suitable for ages 16+. Free to join and for all abilities.

Digital Buddy

For help using your computer or laptop you can book a session with our digital buddy

  • Every Monday from 2pm to 4pm.
  • Every Tuesday from 11am to 1.30pm.
  • Every Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm.
  • Every Thursday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Sessions must be booked in advance by emailing or in person at the library.

Please see our Digital Buddy page for more information and to find out which other libraries currently offer a Digital Buddy service.