St Martin's Walk
0300 200 1001
Your local library is so much more than just a place to take out a book or a DVD. Walk in, sit down, and catch up with the latest news by reading a paper or use one of our free computers. Or if you prefer a fabulous evening out, how about attending one of our celebrated author events? If you need to keep the children busy during the holidays, join our many children’s events and activities ranging from Origami making to Story Time.
We know how busy life can be which is why we’ve made it much easier for you to take advantage of our free library services without leaving the house. You can join online as well as renew and reserve items from home. Use our free online reference shelf to help you practice for your UK Driving Theory Test or check out our 19th Century British Library Newspapers: 2 million newspaper pages to access at home!
Extend your love of reading by joining a local reading group or download an eBook to keep you reading on the go. Go on, visit us online to see what we have to offer or visit your local library for more information!
Monday 9am - 6pm
Tuesday 9am - 7pm
Wednesday 9am - 6pm
Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
An evening with Peter James at Dorking library
Number 1 Sunday Times bestselling author, Peter James, is renowned for his in-depth research techniques. He regularly accompanies detectives in his native Brighton as they go about their grisly everyday business to ensure that his literary approach to police procedures is spot on. He is best known for the series set in Brighton featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. See titles by Peter James in our catalogue.
He was the winner of the 2011 ITV3 Crime Thriller Award and in 2012 he was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize which celebrates medicine in literature, for his novel, Perfect People. The novel features a couple’s quest for a “designer baby” free of hereditary disease following the death of their only child. However, the geneticist has his own agenda and his intentions are not what they first seemed.
Peter has sold over 13 million copies of his books which are published in 36 languages. A witty and entertaining speaker, he is chair of the Crime Writers Association. His next novel, Dead Man's Time, will be out in June this year. It is the story of a vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion which leaves its elderly occupant dying and millions taken in valuables. It quickly becomes apparent that the family is prepared to do anything to retrieve one item of priceless sentimental value. Within days, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is involved in a race against the clock that leads him from the shady antiques world of Brighton, across Europe and back in time to the New York waterfront gang struggles of 1922, chasing a killer driven by the power of one man's greed and another man's fury.
There will be a chance to ask the author questions at the end of the event.
Tickets are £5, including refreshments.
Book online using credit/debit cards
Telephone credit/debit cards bookings on 01483 543599. A small handling charge will apply.
Tickets can also be bought in person from Dorking Library
Navel Gazing at Dorking library
When Anne H. Putnam had weight-loss surgery aged seventeen, she made the mistake of thinking her whole life would change. Nine years later and ten dress sizes smaller, she is beginning to realise that changing your physical body does not necessarily mean you can change your self-perception.
Her book, Navel Gazing: One Woman’s Quest For a Size Normal is a funny, cringe-worthy and honest account of one woman’s journey from morbidly obese to plump. It is the book for anyone who has ever got stuck in a dress in a changing room.
Anne was born in New York City and raised in California. She has spent the last five years in London but is planning to head home to the States this summer.
Tickets are £5, including refreshments.
Book online using debit or credit cards. Or visit Dorking Library.
Family history using the internet
Try some useful websites with family history links and helpsheets.
You will be guided through some useful online indexes including our Surrey History Centre's catalogue.
Look at the 1881 and 1901 censuses and find out what other records are now available online.
This event is for those who have never tried using the web for family history research. However, you should be able to use a mouse and keyboard. If you need to learn these skills book onto one of our computer taster sessions.
Advance booking is essential by either visiting the library or by calling 0300 200 1001.
Each event, including factsheets, costs £5.
You do not need to be a member of the library to take part.
Be part of the BBC's Great British Story and learn how to find out more about your own personal history. Discover more on A People's History.
Advance booking is essential by either visiting the library or by calling 0300 200 1001. Each event, including factsheets, costs £5. You do not need to be a member of the library to take part.