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Borrow From Surrey Libraries

Remember to bring your card when you visit the library. It is your ticket to borrowing many items, using computers and accessing library databases. Find out how to get a library card.

How many items can I borrow?

Regular cardholders may borrow up to 50 items at any one time.
New cardholders may borrow up to 10 items at one time for the first 90 days of membership.

Borrowing limits by category:

Most library materials 50
DVDs 10

How long can I borrow items?

Most books 3 weeks
Magazines 3 weeks
DVDs & CDs 3 weeks
Items with requests 2 weeks
Superloans (Bestsellers) 1 week

Borrowing materials from Surrey Libraries is free. However, if your materials are returned late, fines will be applied your account. Read more about fines and fees.

How do I return my items?

Return materials to any branch of Surrey Libraries, no matter which branch you borrowed them from. Return chutes are available after the library closes (except at Guildford Library). Books should be deposited spine first.

You may also return materials from Surrey Libraries to other InterLINK public libraries in the Lower Mainland.

How do I place a hold?

Place a hold to reserve a library item that is not currently available, and you will be contacted when your item is available for pickup. When your hold arrives, bring the card you used to place the hold in order to pick up your hold items. Hold must be picked up within 10 days of arrival or a $1 charge will be applied to your account.

  • Choose to get notifications by email or phone. 
  • Up to 30 active holds at a time.
  • Cancel your holds by calling your local library or from your online account
  • Suspend your holds from your online account when you go on vacation. You will keep your spot on the waiting list, but we won't send the item to your branch for pickup until you activate your holds again.

How do I renew my items?

A maximum of 2 renewals is allowed on items not requested by others. There are no renewals on Superloans, DVDs, or Book Club Kits.

  • Renew online by logging in to your account. Under "My SL," click on "Checked Out."
  • Renew by phone by calling 604-502-6333 (unavailable 11:00pm Friday to 4:00am Saturday)
  • Or visit your local Surrey Library to renew your items in person!

How do I check my account by phone?

Check your own library record from home using a touch tone phone: Call 604-502-6333.
Telecirc is available daily, except between 11:00pm Fridays to 4:00am Saturdays.

By phone you can:

  • Review list of materials out on loan
  • Renew items you have out on loan
  • Cancel titles on hold
  • Review any charges on your record