The Library

The Library

The future

However, in the face of significant budget challenges, SCC plans to close the dedicated library at Denbies and split the collection between two local libraries – losing the integrity and sustainability of the library, as well as specialist staff and knowledge.



Let's show 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 material in the UK.


Currently based at Denbies Wine Estate, just north of Dorking, Surrey, 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 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.

NewSPAL -- The Performing Arts Library in Surrey


The Surrey Performing Arts Library is award winning and one of the three largest in England


Help create a secure future for the Library



Target: To raise £84,000 transition costs


15 March/31 July 2018 - details HERE


Target: To recruit volunteers to help with transition tasks


15 March/31 July 2018 - details HERE


Please see the update on our Home page

Get in Touch




Support Us:


Copyright NewSPAL. All Rights Reserved

Registered Charity (England and Wales) reg. no. 1176729

Registered address: 41 Chesterfield Grove, London SE22 8RP