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Surrey Libraries consultation on NewSPAL Business Plan opens - public comments invited - Plan goes to SCC Cabinet on 26 Feb 2019  -  details & links on our blog page






Our gallant supporters at Surrey County Hall in Kingston

SPAL has over 1 mile of library shelving!


Loan sets on the Library's 'rolling stack' storage system

Donating materials: some of your personal or society collection of scripts, scores and parts may be of interest to the Library's users.


If you wish to propose items or sets to add to the collection, please email details to us at:


Lack of premises for storage means we may ask you to hang onto items until the Library opens at its new premises.

How you can support NewSPAL


If YOU value the thriving Performing Arts scene in Surrey and beyond, please:

  1.   pledge your support (time, money, expertise, etc)
  2.   and register for updates or contact us

NewSPAL has been established by four music and drama users of SPAL, together with representatives of Making Music, FOSPAL (Friends of SPAL) and IAML (International Association of Music Libraries' UK President), as Trustees.


In the Spring of 2018 we invited local users and supporters of the Library to pledge funds towards re-establishing the Library in new premises. They brought us very close to our £84,000 target.


People also told us about the skills they could offer. These included several retired librarians, some with a specialist background, as well as property specialists, solicitors, people with spaces where the Trustees could hold their meetings, someone who had been involved in the British Library's move to St Pancras, and several who have a wide range of administrative experience - you might call them, people with tidy brains! They are going to be very useful to a new Library.


We are not going to call in the funding pledges until we receive a clear go-ahead signal from a meeting of the Surrey County Council Cabinet. We now expect to gain that in February 2019.


We also need pledges of practical help in the run up to the move, and once the Library settles in its new premises. There will be a number of mostly admin tasks to undertake - but on a large scale, and under the supervision of our new librarians.


We will also want to establish a rota of volunteers to assist in the Library each day when the Librarians are working.



CLICK HERE to register any support you can pledge – NOW!


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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 the country


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NewSPAL: New Surrey Performing Arts Library

Registered Charity (England & Wales) No 1176729

HMRC Gift Aid Registration: EW91669

Registered address: 41 Chesterfield Grove, London SE22 8RP

Trustees:  Mark Welling Chairman 

Paul McKay Hon Secretary   ♦   Peter Steadman Hon Treasurer

Carol Hall Archway Theatre, Horley   ♦   Ges Ray Leith Hill Musical Festival

Barbara Eifler Chief Executive, Making Music

Anna Wright UK & Ireland President, International Association of Music Libraries