Reopening of libraries

Many of our libraries have reopened based on staffing resources and government guidelines.

We are opening these libraries first to provide the best possible access across the county. They will be opened in phases.

Libraries that are now open

The following libraries reopened in the first four phases:

Fifth phase - opening 12 August

Other libraries

When we are ready to safely enter open further libraries we will update this page with more information. If your local library isn't yet open you can still access a huge range of our digital services online

You can follow the latest on our Facebook page or Twitter.

Key changes

When you visit there will be some changes:

  • It will be a legal requirement that everyone wear a face covering when in a library from the 8 August except children under 11 and a few other exceptions for health reasons.
  • The general advice is that everyone (except children under 11 and a few other exceptions for health reasons) should be wearing a face covering when in an enclosed space. It is a legal requirement to wear face coverings in hospitals, public transport and shops. This includes libraries and museums.
  • All items you return to Oxfordshire libraries are being quarantined for at least 72 hours. This is to protect both library staff and customers. Your items will remain on your account for at least three days before being processed. They won't become subject to fines and you can still borrow new items.
  • We have extended the due dates for all items due back between 16 March and 16 August (inclusive).  These items will not be due back before October and no overdue charges will apply to these items during this period.
  • All items borrowed on or after Monday 27 July must be returned or renewed by their due date, to avoid incurring charges.
  • You can check the return date on your items by logging into your account or by using the Oxfordshire Libraries App which you can download from your app store.  If you have any concerns, please contact any one of the libraries that has reopened.

Changes inside the libraries

  • You can expect to see distancing measures
  • You may have to queue to enter
  • We will collect your name and contact details on a Track and Trace form when you enter
  • Short visits are encouraged - keep your visit to 30 minutes 
  • Payments to be made by card or online (photocopiers will still be operated by coin).  
  • Most soft seating and tables have been removed
  • Newspapers and magazines have been removed
  • Public toilets won’t be available
  • Face-to-face programmes and events won't run until government advice informs us it is safe to do so

Available services

Not all of our services will be available when libraries reopen. To start with we will offer:

  • browsing, borrowing, returning and collection of reserved items
  • limited computers and internet access
  • printing and scanning and photocopying
  • bus pass and blue badge validations (by appointment)

Home Library Service

We are hoping to re-commence a phased return in the next few weeks. Contact us if you would like to discuss the service with you.

Ill, vulnerable or shielding residents

If you are in a vulnerable group and shielding, we advise that you follow government advice
for your protection. Ask a family member, friend or neighbour to collect or return your items. 

Don't visit and risk spreading the virus and a possible library closure by ignoring advice if you feel unwell.