Surbiton Library to reopen with a new appointments-based lending service

Kingston Libraries will take a phased approach to reopening to ensure the safety of our staff and customers

All our library buildings closed to the public on Friday 20 March. Since then, many library staff have been part of the Kingston Stronger Together Hub, supporting the most vulnerable residents during the pandemic. Others have been delivering an engaging virtual events programme, updated weekly, and have created 175 videos for residents to enjoy, reaching 55,000 views on Facebook. The library service has also provided access to digital resources including e-books, e-audio books, and online databases such as Pressreader, which gives residents access to 7,000 newspapers and magazines from 101 countries in 60 languages.

The teams are now working hard to prepare for reopening of some library facilities. We will be offering a new appointments-based Ready Reads lending service to our members from 21 July at Surbiton Library.  

Cllr Rebekah Moll, Portfolio Holder for Library Services at Kingston Council, said:

“We are excited to start reopening some of our library services and look forward to having you back. Our teams are working hard to make sure it is safe for everyone. In the meantime, you can still access our e-books, online newspapers and magazines, databases, and events.

“Due to Government guidelines to keep everyone safe there are some things we won’t be able to provide, including printed newspapers and magazines, public access computers, casual seating areas, study spaces or meeting rooms. When we reopen next week it will be by appointment only and customers will collect books from the entrance area of the library. For safety reasons there will be no access to the library building. Events will continue to be offered online and the Culture Team are planning a Summer Programme of events and activities for families.

“In August, we will be looking to offer a time limited quick choice browsing and borrowing service in several of our libraries. Please visit our website where we will post more information and details as they become available.”

To borrow a book using the new Ready Reads service email [email protected] or call 020 8547 6254 between 10am and 4pm Tuesday - Friday from 21 July. An online order form will also be available from our website from 21 July.

If you are vulnerable, or know of someone who is and cannot reach the library, please let us know and we can arrange for our Community Library Service to visit. Email [email protected] or telephone 020 8547 6451.

For more information about Kingston Libraries and the reopening of our services, please visit our library webpage.