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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

Coding kids

A pilot library scheme to teach children how to programme computers has proved a sell out success. Surrey County Council has joined forces with Code Club, the national organisation aiming to give every child in the UK the opportunity to learn code. A free eight week course at Woking library is teaching youngsters basic computer … Continue reading

Children’s library loans rocket

Children are flocking to Surrey County Council’s libraries with loans to youngsters up by 60,000 last year. The increase saw children’s borrowing figures rise to 1,844,361 issues in 2011/12, compared with 1,781,456 the previous year – an increase of 4 per cent. The boost follows an investment in more than 44,000 new titles for children … Continue reading

Surrey’s libraries featured on Radio 4’s Today programme

BBC Radio 4 today featured the news that Surrey residents now account for one fifth of all library borrowing of EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and its sequels. The news was highlighted in a review of the day’s national newspapers on the Today programme. To find out what was said about the Daily Telegraph’s … Continue reading

Winner of the Surrey Libraries Children’s Book Award announced

Award winning author Joanna Nadin came out on top at this year’s Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award with her brilliant book Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster. The award is for the best fiction paperback written for seven to nine year olds. Over the past two months nearly 600 children across Surrey read and voted … Continue reading

Take a tour of the new Woking library

Woking library has reopened following a complete revamp. New features include free wi-fi, thousands of new books and an improved children’s library, all in a light, airy and stylish setting. Take a video tour and have a look for yourself. Please feel free to embed this video or link to it on your website. More … Continue reading

Temporary closure of Leatherhead library

Leatherhead library will be closed between July 2 and July 13 for maintenance and improvements to lighting. The branch will reopen on Saturday July 14. The nearest libraries for people to use are Dorking in St Martin’s Walk, Bookham in Townshott Close, or Ashstead in Woodfield Lane.

National conference speech sets out vision for libraries

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today <WED JUNE 27> set out his vision for the future of libraries at one of the biggest political events of the year. He was asked to give a speech at the Local Government Association’s annual conference, which was attended by members of the Government, MPs, councillors, police chiefs and … Continue reading

Leader’s speech to the LGA conference

Leader’s speech to the Local Government Association annual conference – Wednesday June 27, 2012 Good morning and thank you for joining us today. Let me state up front, I am a passionate believer in public libraries being available to all. I also strongly believe that councils must use their assets wisely for the long term benefit of … Continue reading

Free wi-fi and app as Surrey leads digital libraries revolution

A digital revolution in the way people use libraries has led to the introduction of a free online app and wi-fi in all Surrey County Council branches. Surrey’s online library is used more than three million times each year. The new app, which is available for both Apple and Android devices, is now the fastest … Continue reading

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