A multi-million pound investment in Surrey’s libraries has been approved by Surrey County Council’s Cabinet to modernise services and create flexible, innovative and inclusive spaces that best meets the needs of our residents. This will revolutionise libraries offer and make them fit for the future.
The first phase of this work will focus on key libraries including Epsom, Redhill, Staines, Woking and Weybridge with completion expected by the end of 2024.
The work is part of Surrey County Council's library strategy focused on ensuring that libraries deliver a service that is fit for the future and accessible to all. The plans include significant changes at each location, including the creation of community ‘Hubs’ in Staines and Weybridge.
For Woking this means the creation of flagship facilities that will include:
- flexible meeting rooms with kitchenette
- moveable partitions/walls to create agile workspaces
- meeting pods
- new furniture
- a fully flexible layout throughout with space for events and performances, exhibitions, partner organisations and community use.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety, Denise Turner-Stewart, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to invest in our libraries and create cultural and community hubs so they are better placed to serve Surrey’s residents. The improvements will provide the opportunity to redesign and refurbish some of our key libraries, providing updated, attractive and inviting places where people can read, socialise, study and relax. This work is all about making sure Surrey’s libraries are all vibrant hubs, providing warm, friendly spaces where everyone is welcome.”
The development of the libraries follows on from the approval of the 2019 Library and Cultural Services Strategy and is closely aligned with the Surrey 2030 Community Vision and the Hubs programme, which looks to deliver services in a joined-up way allowing residents to access multiple services in one location and support the council’s ultimate ambition – that no one is left behind.