The Library

The Library

The future

However, in the face of significant budget challenges, SCC has closes the dedicated library at Denbies and nearly split the collection between two local libraries – losing the integrity and sustainability of the library. As we say above, SCC moved the library to Ewell in August 2018 but without its specialist staff and their knowledge - that essential added value they bring to the library.



Over the months we have shown SCC the support there is in the performing arts community in Surrey and beyond to keep Surrey Performing Arts Library running as a single specialist resource.



With nearly a mile of shelving space, the Surrey Performing Arts Library (SPAL) has one of the three largest collections of Performing Arts loan material in the UK.


Recently relocated by Surrey County Council to their library premises at Bourne Hall, Ewell, the collection spans Music, Drama, Film and Dance:


♥ 3,250 playsets ♥ 2,200 choral sets ♥ 1,030 orchestral sets

♥ Film & Dance resources ♥ individual reference books and scripts


SPAL’s collection of music, drama, film and dance resources is available to individuals and groups in Surrey and the neighbouring counties and boroughs, but also throughout the UK via the Inter-Library Loans system.


SPAL is currently run by Surrey County Council (SCC).


The SPAL catalogue remains visible online, but when choosing the branch, it's no longer called SPAL, look instead for:

Ewell Library MALT collection

The collections


  • Scores - The scores collection suits the needs of instrumentalists and singers of all standards and include extensive collections of full, miniature and study scores.
  • Plays - The play collection covers the standards, modern plays, monologues and plays for children, plus older and rarer plays, with a good selection of foreign plays.
  • Books - The book collection provides in-depth material covering all aspects of music, dance, theatre and cinema.
  • Audio-visual - The extensive collection of CDs and DVDs covers music, dance, theatre, cinema, sound effects and tutorials.



Making Music Kirby Collection


The Making Music Kirby Collection was launched in August 2011 thanks to a generous legacy from Alan Kirby, Making Music's first Chairman.


He was a leading figure in choral singing in Surrey and, together with his wife Ethel, was keen to ensure the continued success of choral singing in Surrey. The Kirby Collection remains with the overall collection at Ewell.


NewSPAL: The Performing Arts Library in Surrey


The award-winning Surrey Performing Arts Library is one of the three largest music score and drama text loan resources in England


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