Home to Simon Fraser University’s Continuing Studies program and only minutes away from public transit, the Surrey City Centre library is both a knowledge hub and a community gathering place.
The library is 77,000 square feet spread over four floors, making it four times the size of Surrey’s Guildford Library. The City Centre Library was designed by Bing Thom Architects and was completed in 2011. With its sleek concrete and glass design, the library is part of the transformation of Surrey’s downtown core.
The City Centre Library was designed with the idea that book collections are no longer the sole purpose of libraries. The library includes a café, meeting rooms for large and small groups, a computer learning centre, teen lounge and gaming room, meditation room, silent study spaces, public art displays, as well as book collections for all ages.
The City Centre Library is one of nine public library branches in Surrey. The city’s libraries seek to “inspire people to build a better future”. Library staff accomplish this by ensuring libraries are welcoming places for all, connecting people, engaging with the community, inspiring innovation, fostering a love of learning and advocating for intellectual freedom.
Surrey’s libraries offer many programs and services for people of all ages and from all backgrounds. For instance, the City Centre Library holds a book club for seniors, provides settlement services for newcomers (in various languages), offers English language tutoring and conversation classes, helps library members with technology, holds story time for children, hosts a Scrabble club and knitting club and much more. The library regularly updates its calendar, so Surrey residents can stay up to date with events at the City Centre branch.
The City Centre Library, and all Surrey libraries, offer an app for both Apple and Android devices. If you are wondering whether or not one of the branches has a book you would like to read, but don’t want to buy, you can simply use the app to scan the book’s ISBN barcode to find out if the library has it. You can also search the library catalogue, place holds on books, write reviews, rate books and search for branch information.
If you’re a student who needs help with your homework, the City Centre Library offers access to top resource databases for elementary, middle and high school students. All databases can be accessed from home, school or at the library with a library card.
The library recognizes that Surrey is a multicultural hub and, therefore, offers books and resources in 20 different languages. Members can search the catalogue in French, Spanish, Punjabi and Hindi. For other languages, they can browse collections in person and request up to 10 items from other library branches.
The City Centre Library, and other Surrey libraries, also create reading lists or book recommendations by both topic and reader. So if you’re looking for a book to read on a rainy day, check out the “Recommended Reads” page on the Surrey Libraries website. Whether you are interested in fiction, non-fiction, travel, health, teen or children’s literature, the library has recommendations for everyone.
For more information on how to get a library card, borrow items from the City Centre Library, and other branches, or how to use the catalogue, visit the “How do I…” page.