Surrey outstripping country for library loans of Fifty Shades of Grey

50 shadesSaucy Surrey is outstripping other parts of the country for loans of racy book Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels.

Libraries in Surrey accounted for nearly 20% of all UK loans of the three books in August.

And latest figures show demand for the trilogy shows little sign of slowing down, with Surrey’s libraries making up almost 16% of all recorded national lending in October*.

As EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades of Darker and Fifty Shades of Freed rocketed up the bestseller list the council stocked up on 200 copies of each while also investing in its busy libraries, completely refurbishing the biggest in Woking and opening a new one in Dorking.

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services Helyn Clack said: “EL James’ books have really set the pulses racing in Surrey. It seems our library-goers just can’t get enough of Christian Grey’s steamy antics.

“While the trilogy of stories won’t suit every taste, we stock around 190,000 new books a year for people to choose from, including the latest from hugely popular authors like Ian Rankin and John Grisham.

“On top of that we’ve invested in our libraries to ensure they remain popular and relevant to their local communities. All 52 now have free wi-fi and computer terminals so people can catch up with friends and family on facebook or help them with their studies.”

Surrey’s libraries stock around 1.2 million books as well as CDs and DVDs. People can visit their local library to join or go to

* Figures provided by market research company Nielsen from data collected from more than half of the country’s local authority library services.


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