The Libraries Catalogue Arena gives you access to stock held within the Kingston Library and 14 other library authorities. You can search for a book, CD or DVD within the system.
Before accessing the catalogue we advise you to read the frequently asked questions given below and the notes on minor problems.
However, if you have used the service before you may like to skip straight to the links below.
As with the introduction of any new system, there may be some minor alterations needed to ensure it works as well as we would like.
There is a minor problem with the way reservations are working. If you cannot reserve a book online please contact your local library or use the online feedback form found on the 'Contact Us' page of the Libraries Catalogue Arena site (link given below). Please include your details, your chosen pick up branch and the details of the book you were trying to request.
Unfortunately renewals sometimes generate internal errors. If you experience any problems when renewing items, please use the online feedback form found on the 'Contact Us' page of the Libraries Catalogue Arena site (link given below).
If you experience any problems when using the Libraries Catalogue Arena please report it to the Library Web Team through the feedback form or the email address given on the 'Contact Us' page of the Libraries Catalogue Arena site (link given below). When contacting us, please always include your library card number as it makes it easier to work out who you are and sort out any problems.
Working in partnership with the staff at Mind in Kingston, Kingston Libraries have created a collection of 150 self-help books which aim to help people with mild to moderate mental health problems learn more about their conditions and provide steps to overcoming their symptoms and regaining their lives.
The 50 titles forming the basis of the collection were suggested by the staff at Mind in Kingston and also from a wider national initiative, Books On Prescription.
The original collection is located at Kingston Library, but there are now collections at Surbiton Library, New Malden Library and Hook & Chessington Library as well. However the books are freely available to reserve and borrow by anyone through all the borough libraries.
Hook and Chessington Library now has a Special Needs Collection of stock, aimed at parents or carers of children with special needs. The bulk of the collection has been donated by The National Autistic Society – Kingston Branch, but there are also some items which were specially bought for the collection following suggestions from MAPS, which is a parent support group for children with special needs.
The collection of material is all on the catalogue, and has the shelf mark “Special Needs”. Anyone can borrow from it on an adult library card for the usual three week period, and there are fines if returned or renewed late. However, all the items may be reserved free of charge.
A list of the titles in the collection can be printed off below or further details can be obtained by contacting Hook & Chessington Library, details on the library branch page.