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Thrillers fuel near 100% rise in ebook lending

Surrey readers’ love of a thriller has fuelled a near 100% rise in ebook loans from libraries. The number of ebooks borrowed from Surrey County Council’s libraries in the first six months of this year climbed to 29,390 compared to 15,267 for the same period in 2013. This follows a growing trend which has seen online … Continue reading

World Cup boost for libraries

World Cup fever has kicked in at libraries with a surge in young readers netting books to get the lowdown on the football extravaganza. As England prepared for the vital World Cup game against Uruguay tonight, Surrey County Council’s libraries service has revealed that sports book loans to children rocketed by almost 70% last month … Continue reading

Award-winning poet kicks off library festival this Saturday

An award-winning poet will kick off the Surrey Libraries’ Festival for Children this Saturday, 24 May. Martin Daws, who is the Young People’s Laureate for Wales, will be just one of many loved literary figures hosting fun activities for kids at libraries across Surrey. The events range from comic art workshops to stop-frame animation. Helyn … Continue reading

Surrey library hosts best-selling author Peter James

Woking was the library of choice for international best-selling author Peter James on World Book Night. The crime writer was joined by fellow British novelist Salley Vickers and BBC news presenter Nicholas Owen at the event. The Surrey County Council library was chosen by the Reading Agency charity to host the annual celebration of books in the South … Continue reading

Get set for Surrey festival of reading

Young People’s Laureate for Wales Martin Daws, Fizzlebert Stump author AF Harrold and Beano comic artist Kev F Sutherland are among a host of people lined up to appear at a reading festival for children. The trio will be involved at the seven-week Surrey Libraries Festival for Children, which starts on 24 May with the … Continue reading

Surrey Performing Arts Library wins excellence award

Surrey Performing Arts Library has won a national award for excellence for a third time. It was handed the accolade by the UK branch of the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML). The association presents the excellence awards every two years and Surrey’s arts library, which is run by the county council, was also recognised in 2012 … Continue reading

Read your favourite papers for free

Stop press – newspaper readers can get their daily fix of stories from home and abroad for free thanks to a new online initiative. All the day’s news, features and sport from the likes of The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Guardian are available in full colour in an exact replica of the print edition*. And anyone … Continue reading

Woking to host international book event

  Woking has been chosen as the South East’s flagship library for an international literary event. Celebrating all things likeable about literature, World Book Night will see the likes of Peter James – author of the best-seller The Perfect Murder – share the joys of reading. The Surrey County Council library will host the crime … Continue reading

Borrow a book by scanning a barcode

There’s great news ahead of National Libraries Day tomorrow – readers can now borrow a book just by scanning its barcode. A free app has been launched that allows people to read the code of any title, anywhere and get a list of the nearest libraries stocking it. Then anyone with a Surrey County Council … Continue reading

Surrey and East Sussex join forces to slash cost of revamping libraries

Surrey and East Sussex have joined forces to boost their buying power and slash the cost of revamping libraries by almost a third. Firms have agreed to discount the price of the likes of carpets, lighting and furniture by up to 27% after the two county councils teamed up to harness their collective clout. It … Continue reading

County council approves investment in Merstham regeneration

Part of Merstham will get a facelift with new shops, homes and community facilities after Surrey County Council’s Cabinet approved a partnership with Reigate & Banstead Council and a housing association. Click here for more information. Earlier this week, Surrey County Council’s joint project with Reigate and Banstead to regenerate the Preston area with new … Continue reading

Download your favourite magazines for free

Here’s some great news for Get Online Week – you don’t need to pay for magazines like The Economist, TV Times and Cosmopolitan thanks to an innovative digital initiative. That’s because Surrey County Council has launched a new way of downloading current issues of more than 70 magazines free of charge. Using the library service’s … Continue reading

Council domestic abuse project wins national award

Surrey County Council has won a national award for the work its libraries are doing to support vulnerable people. The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has recognised the library service for an initiative to help people affected by domestic abuse. The free scheme gives access to computers in a safe place so … Continue reading

Surrey libraries help thousands of people get online

Medal collector David Fordham was among more than 2,200 people Surrey County Council helped to get online for the first time last year. The retired Creative Director learned how to use the internet, email and social media at one of the free courses run by Surrey’s libraries to help him swell his collection of military … Continue reading

Erotic fiction and tablet computers help e-book library loans soar

Surrey’s love of erotic fiction and a boom in tablet computer sales have been credited for an 22% surge in e-book loans from libraries. The number of e-books borrowed from the Surrey County Council’s libraries swelled from 16,231 in 2011 to 19,847 the following year – an increase of 3,616. This follows a growing trend … Continue reading

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