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The electronic translation service on Surrey Libraries' website is hosted by Google Translate. The quality of the translation may vary in some of the languages offered by Google. The goal of the basic translation is to capture the general intention of the original English material.

Surrey Libraries cannot guarantee the quality, accuracy, or completeness of any translated information.  Before you act on translated information, we encourage you to confirm any facts that are important to you and the decisions you make.

The City of Surrey offers interpretation services at all its facilities. If you have a question about the material you read on the Surrey Libraries website, we encourage you to contact Surrey Libraries to discuss it.  You can also contact the City of Surrey at 604-591-4011 to receive interpretation support.

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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”.

For more detailed history, click here.