On November 20, 1982, the citizens of Surrey voted by referendum to withdraw from the Fraser Valley Regional Library and to establish their own library system. Surrey Public Library subsequently began operation as an independent municipal library on March 17, 1983. In the space of a few years, the Library has made rapid strides toward expanding and modernizing its operations and responding to the needs of the community. Since 1983, the Library has experienced steady increases in customer registration, circulation, reference queries and program attendance. It is anticipated that demand for library services and resources will continue to grow as the population increases and Surrey completes the transition to a fully urban community.
In 2010, Surrey Libraries was launched as the Library’s new “brand” with a new visual image and colours. The name emphasizes the multiple service points throughout Surrey and the new image reflects that “The Future Lives Here”.