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Surrey libraries celebrate start of national Libraries Week by extending opening hours

A raft of Surrey’s libraries will be opening their doors to the public for longer hours from Monday to celebrate the start of nationally celebrated Libraries Week. The county’s libraries have been gradually reopening after lockdown with 49 libraries now open to the public, but for fewer hours than previously. However, from 5 October, 17 … Continue reading

More Surrey libraries to open their doors

Another 12 Surrey libraries will open their doors to the public in the coming days. From Wednesday September 2, Ashtead, Caterham Valley, Cobham, Cranleigh, Esher, Haslemere, Horsley, Merstham, Molesey, Shepperton, Stanwell, and Sunbury will open up so that people can again browse, borrow and return books. Lightwater will become available for the Click and Collect … Continue reading

More libraries to reopen

Further library services will restart in Surrey from Monday 17 August. A total of 40 libraries in Surrey will be operational from that date, offering revised services. Several libraries will newly open their doors to the public to browse, borrow and return books, whilst operating strict safety and social distancing measures. In all, 26 libraries … Continue reading

Surrey to reopen libraries from 6 July

Surrey County Council plans to start gradually reopening libraries across the county from 6 July, in line with Government guidance.  The first libraries to reopen will be Camberley, Dorking, Woking, Staines, Redhill, Horley, Epsom, Egham, Oxted, Farnham, Weybridge, Godalming and Guildford. The county’s libraries closed on 20 March due to the coronavirus lockdown and the … Continue reading

Number of people joining Surrey libraries has doubled since coronavirus lockdown

The number of people joining Surrey libraries has doubled since library buildings closed as part of the coronavirus lockdown, according to the latest figures from Surrey County Council. Despite library buildings closing on 20 March, an extra 506 people have joined – double the average joining rate of 260. On top of this, over 4,000 … Continue reading

Latest service updates from Surrey County Council

A number of Surrey County Council’s services are now impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and government guidance to slow its spread, protecting vulnerable people and key services and workers. Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council, said: “These are unprecedented times, and it calls for unprecedented action. We all must do everything we can to … Continue reading

Surrey County Council will work with communities across the county to ensure library services are modernised and remain open

Surrey County Council is planning to work closely with communities across the county to ensure their library services remain open with an updated library service that works for them. There are 52 libraries across Surrey now and the Council want to keep library services in each of the communities that they serve. Over a period … Continue reading

New library opens in Horley

Horley’s new library is now open in a convenient town centre location. The library has moved from its previous outdated premises to a new site near the train station and shops. As well as a refreshed selection of books and an expanded study area, the new library boasts a flexible open-plan layout allowing it to … Continue reading

Five things you didn’t know you could do online with Surrey libraries

Mary Lewis, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning, said: “These are just a selection of the digital services available through Surrey libraries but there is potential for us to go further and use technology in new and different ways. “We’re running a consultation on the principles that will help us reshape our library … Continue reading

VIDEO: Smaller ‘link’ libraries help bring books closer to communities

Smaller “link” libraries are helping to bring books closer to local communities particularly in rural areas. Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning, Mary Lewis, visited a community link library in Shere – one of three in Surrey. A consultation running until Friday 4 January 2019 is asking for people’s views on a proposed … Continue reading

VIDEO: Community hubs could bring libraries and other services under one roof

Residents are being asked for their views on whether libraries could bring together a range of local services in one place, as part of a consultation on a proposed strategy for libraries. Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning, Mary Lewis, is calling on residents to have their say. The consultation can be found … Continue reading

Public consultations launching on plans to transform services in face of financial pressures

Surrey County Council is launching five consultations as part of its transformation plans and to tackle the financial pressures facing the authority. Context: The authority is facing huge financial pressures due to reducing government grant despite growing demand for children’s and adult care services. Despite saving £540m from its annual budget since 2010 the pressures … Continue reading

VIDEO: Volunteers set to be given bigger role in running community-partnered libraries

With Surrey County Council’s Cabinet due to consider a report on Tuesday about support arrangements for community-partnered libraries, Mary Lewis, Cabinet Member for All Age Learning, outlines plans to give volunteers a bigger role in running their local branches. More information can be found here.  

VIDEO: Users of Surrey Performing Arts Library may be able to run the service

Surrey’s performing arts library is set to be moved to a new home to ensure its stock is kept together while the county council works with a new charity on plans for users to run the service themselves. Proposals for securing the future of the performing arts library while making savings for Surrey taxpayers will … Continue reading

ROUND-UP: Road safety show opens up to the public; Starring role for actress at library; Heathrow consultation under way

Road safety show opens up to the public A public performance of Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s award-winning road safety show takes place in Dorking on Wednesday, November 8. Safe Drive, Stay Alive is aimed at 16 to 18-year-olds who are about to begin driving and features a live performance alongside a series of films … Continue reading

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