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Surrey Public Library
Surrey Public Library logo 2011.jpg
Established 1983
Branches 9
Items collected books, e-books, music, cds, periodicals, maps, genealogical archives, business directories, local history,
Size 790,000 [1]
Access and use
Circulation 4 million [2]
Population served 516,000
Other information
Budget CA $16 million [3]
Director Melanie Houlden [4]
Staff 250

Surrey Public Library, now called Surrey Libraries, is the municipal public library system of Surrey, British Columbia. Surrey Libraries serves Surrey's population of approximately 516,000 with a collection of more than 790,000 items and 188,691 active cardholders.[5]


Surrey Public Library has services and programs for patrons of all ages.

  • Literacy based programs for children, youth and adults
  • Information and reference services
  • Access to online products including databases and audiovisual resources
  • Community information
  • WiFi, Internet & Computer access
  • Reader's advisory services
  • Delivery to homebound individuals
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks


Prior to 1983, Surrey was a member of the Fraser Valley Regional Library. In 1982, Surrey held a referendum on the withdrawal from FVRL, which passed. On March 17, 1983, Surrey began operating as an independent municipal library. The Surrey Public Library includes the Newton branch, designed by Patkau Architects, which was awarded the Governor General's Award for architecture in 1994.[6] The Semiahmoo branch, which opened in 2004, was the first LEED certified public library in Canada.[7] City Centre Library was designed by Bing Thom Architects.[8] The library is 77,000 square feet on four floors and it is a LEED certified green building. The official Grand Opening was held on September 24, 2011.[9]


The award-winning Newton Library was officially opened on May 2, 1992

The library has nine branches:

  • City Centre (LEED Gold Certified)
  • Cloverdale
  • Fleetwood
  • Guildford
  • Newton
  • Ocean Park
  • Port Kells
  • Semiahmoo (LEED Silver Certified)
  • Strawberry Hill


Fleetwood Library branch of the Surrey Public Library
  • Surrey Libraries provides patrons with books, music CDs, books on CD, databases DVDs, magazines, reference books, newspapers and online materials. Library material is available in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese. The online collection includes eBooks, Press Display, Lynda, Zinio and InstantFlix.
  • READ-Ability offers services for home delivery and specialized collections including downloadable eBooks and eAudio to Surrey patrons.
  • Genealogy services at Cloverdale Branch of Surrey Public Library, are located on the same corner as the Surrey Archives and Surrey Museum, and hold the largest collection of Canadian genealogy resources in Western Canada and public programs on genealogy. Unique record sets include Métis Scrip, Chinese Head Tax Registers, Li Ra Ma, and the Peter Robinson papers. "Canadian Family History Resources: A Guide to the Materials Held at the Cloverdale Library" details the library's holdings and includes research instruction.


Year Award Giver
1994 Governor General Award for architecture Newton Branch Patkau architects Architecture Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts
1997 Citation for Citizenship Citizen and Immigration Canada
2004 Cultural Diversity Award Surrey Delta Immigration Services Society
2005 Honorable Mention Community Learning - Conference Board of Canada
2006 Cultural Diversity Award Surrey Delta Immigration Services Society
2009/2010 BCLA Merit Award for Storytimes to help learn English British Columbia Library Association
2010/1011 BCLA Merit Award for Festival of Aboriginal Arts British Columbia Library Association
2011 Non Profit Business of the Year Surrey Board of Trade
2016 BCLA Merit Award: Advocacy or Marketing for Literacy Day Report British Columbia Library Association

2016 Library Board[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Surrey Libraries 2010 Annual Report
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  5. ^ Surrey, City of (2016-04-18). "Literacy Day Reports". Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  6. ^ cf. 1994: Patkau Architects Inc. Architecture Canada, The Governor General’s Awards for Architecture: pp.92-99, Newton Library
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