Oxfordshire libraries to offer new click and collect service during lockdown

Library users are set for a lockdown boost thanks to the launch a new click and collect service.

Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 9:58 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 10:02 am
Oxfordshire libraries to offer new click and collect service during lockdown (Image from Oxfordshire County Council)

Although Oxfordshire County Council’s library service is currently unable to open libraries for browsing, the government has made it clear that libraries may offer a collection service during this period.

Cllr Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for cultural services, said: “The first lockdown highlighted how much our residents missed borrowing books. The government has listened to that feedback and so even though our doors must remain closed for now, the new click and collect service offers a way for us all to access the reading materials we want and need during this lockdown.”

To access the service, residents need to complete a short online form available on the council’s website, telling the library what sort of books they like to read and how many they would like. Or residents can call 01865 897811.

Experienced and knowledgeable library staff will handpick up to six books that fit the interests and preferences given. There is even an option to select a surprise extra book – maybe something a little bit different.

The service also covers audiobooks and DVDs, although charges may apply for these. The service user will be notified when the books are ready for collection at one of the 14 participating libraries.

Click and collect will only be available at the following libraries: (All other branches will remain closed until further notice in line with government guidance).

Oxfordshire County Library (Oxford), Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Botley, Cowley, Didcot, Headington, Henley, Kidlington, Summertown, Thame, Wantage and Witney.