Oxfordshire Libraries – Important Information

Dear Library Customer,
We would like to share some important information with you about the 31 Libraries which are now open:

·         All items borrowed before 22 March 2020 must be returned or renewed by 2 November to avoid fines
·         What should I expect from a visit to an Oxfordshire library?

31 Libraries are now open

We are pleased to report that 31 libraries are now open, out of our total network of 44. We have listened carefully to government guidance and have put safety measures in place. Please note that some of our library opening hours have changed since reopening – please check before travelling.
The following 31 libraries have reopened:
Abingdon, Banbury, Barton, Berinsfield, Bicester, Blackbird Leys, Carterton, Charlbury, Chinnor, Chipping Norton, Cowley, Didcot, Eynsham, Faringdon, Goring, Headington, Henley, Kennington, Kidlington, Oxfordshire County Library, Sonning Common, Summertown, Thame, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington, Witney, Woodcote, Woodgreen, Woodstock, Wychwood
We hope to reopen Botley Library at the end of October.
When we are ready to safely enter the next phase and open further libraries, we will get the word out right away.

All items borrowed before 22 March 2020 must be returned or renewed by 2 November to avoid fines

Library loans due during lockdown were extended to avoid customers incurring overdue fines. This extension will end in the first week of November, and so items must be returned or renewed. You can safely return your items by dropping them off in our red returns boxes at the door of any library during opening hours.
If there are exceptional circumstances that prevent you from returning or renewing your loans, please contact your nearest open library https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/find-library
To check your current loans please log on to our website or the Library App (search Oxfordshire Libraries in the Apple App Store or Google Play).

What should I expect from a visit to an Oxfordshire library?

Your library visit may feel different from those in the past – you will see social distancing measures and we ask that you limit your visit to 30 minutes. You must wear a face covering (unless exempt) and we will ask you to fill in a Track & Trace form, or scan a QR code with the NHS Covid-19 app.
We still provide a lending service and limited access to computers and some libraries offer a validating service for bus passes and parking permits. Our face-to-face activities and events will be re-established when government advice informs us it is safe to do so. What you can count on is a warm welcome from our staff and volunteers!

If you would like more information, please visit our website:

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