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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

Surrey’s music library is ‘excellent’

Surrey County Council has been given a prestigious award for the excellent work of its music library. Based just outside Dorking, the music library was one of only eight public libraries in the country to receive the International Association of Music Libraries Excellence Award this year.    It is the second time Surrey has scooped … Continue reading

More views sought on libraries volunteer training

Users of the 10 Surrey libraries proposed as community partnerships are being asked about how volunteers should be trained to help, in particular, the young, the elderly and people with special needs. Surrey County Council’s Cabinet will again consider plans to allow communities to run 10 libraries at a meeting in July, when councillors will … Continue reading

BBC Surrey interview about Olympic read for under fives

Surrey County Council’s Felicity Wright was interviewed by BBC Surrey’s Nick Wallis about the Big Read for Small Children event which helped hundreds of children under five discover the joy of reading. Courtesy of BBC Surrey.

More than a thousand people take part in Olympic read in fairytale forest

A group of 1,400 children under five and their families saw the pages of their favourite books come to life in a fairytale forest setting yesterday (16 May) to mark London 2012’s UK Inspire Day. Surrey County Council organised The Big Read for Small Children event at the Forestry Commission’s Alice Holt Forest in Farnham, Surrey, to … Continue reading

Judge revokes libraries decision

Surrey’s plans for community libraries will go back to the county council’s Cabinet after a judge today revoked a decision taken last year. Earlier this month, Mr Justice Wilkie upheld a technical challenge over a decision to create 10 community-run libraries staffed by volunteers, although he did not criticise the policy itself. Last month, the … Continue reading

BBC Surrey interview on libraries plans

Surrey County Council will take a decision on its libraries plans again, following a judicial review. Earlier this month, Mr Justice Wilkie upheld a technical challenge over a decision to create 10 community-run libraries staffed by volunteers, although he did not criticise the policy itself. With that in mind, the council has decided to bring … Continue reading

Council to take libraries decision again

Surrey County Council will take a decision on its libraries plans again, following a judicial review. Earlier this month, Mr Justice Wilkie upheld a technical challenge over a decision to create 10 community-run libraries staffed by volunteers, although he did not criticise the policy itself. With that in mind, the council has decided to bring … Continue reading

Libraries plans feature on BBC Sunday Politics

Surrey County Council’s plans to support communities in running 10 libraries was featured on the BBC’s Sunday Politics. On the programme, Surrey’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games Helyn Clack explained the aim of the plans was to “keep all 52 libraries open” while elsewhere in the country branches are closing. The story … Continue reading

Watch a BBC TV news interview on the libraries judicial review

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games Helyn Clack was interviewed by BBC South Today television news about the judicial review into the county’s libraries plans. You can watch the story on the BBC’s iplayer until 6pm tonight <April 4>. The libraries story starts four minutes and 50 seconds into … Continue reading

Listen to a BBC Radio 5 Live interview on the libraries judicial review

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games Helyn Clack was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live’s Shelagh Fogarty about the judicial review into the county’s library plans. You can listen to the interview on the BBC’s iplayer. The interview starts one hour, six minutes and 30 seconds into the programme. … Continue reading

Surrey County Council pleased with High Court libraries judgement

Surrey County Council today said it was pleased that a High Court judge had not criticised its libraries plans meaning the proposals could still go ahead. Mr Justice Wilkie upheld a technical challenge brought by protesters over plans to support communities to run 10 libraries in Surrey. But the judgement simply said the Cabinet should … Continue reading

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