- It’s free to join the library.
- You can join if you live, work or study in Surrey.
- If you’re in Surrey temporarily (for at least a week), you can join as a visitor.
- If you have an illness or disability, books and audio material can be brought to you through Library Direct.
- You’ll be given a library card which you can use in Surrey libraries.
- There’s no age limit – join with your baby or toddler now and get our special Pebble card.
Do it online
If you have an email address and live in Surrey, you can join online in minutes.
Here’s what’s involved:
- Fill in your details (If you are under 16 you will need details of your parent, guardian or carer.
- Select a convenient Surrey library for your home base (choose ‘eLibrary’ if you only want to access our eBooks and eAudiobooks).
- Choose a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and receive a temporary borrower number. You can use this to reserve books straight away (but not eBooks or eAudiobooks).
- Your library card will be sent to you in the post, and your new membership number will be emailed to you. You can now access a wider range of services including eBooks, eAudiobooks and our online reference shelf.
- If you’ve not heard from us within two weeks, please contact us.
If you are aged 16-69, this will give you virtual membership immediately. Virtual membership allows you to borrow two items at a time as well as giving you access to eBooks, eAudiobooks and our online reference shelf. Virtual membership can be upgraded to full membership at any time simply by taking your card to any library.
Do it in person
If you live, work or study in Surrey, you can join at your local library. All you need to bring is the following:
- Adults: Something with your name and current address on (e.g. driving licence, bank statement or utility bill).
- Under 16s: A parent or guardian and an official document with your family name and current address on.
- Visitors: If you’re temporarily in Surrey (for at least a week), you can join the library as a visitor. All you need is a form of identification.
If you’re unable to get to a static library because of illness or disability we can arrange for books and audio material to be brought to you on a regular basis by a volunteer.
There is no charge for this service.
Alternatively, if you have a friend, neighbour or relative who is able to take out books on your behalf we can register you at your local library for a Library Direct Friends and Family card. This will allow your friend, neighbour or relative to borrow up to 18 books (or 12 audiobooks) for you, for up to nine weeks at a time.
For more information, please see our web page: Libraries Direct Home Service.