Oxfordshire County Council has moved Charlbury Public Library to this smart and much larger new venue, allowing it to offer more books, a third PC, improved WiFi connection, better disabled access and extra activities, some specifically designed for young families.
The community centre is open from 9am to 6pm on weekdays and from 9am to 4.30pm at weekends and Bank Holidays. The library has open access from the café and a self-service machine enables any member of the library to borrow, renew and return books whenever the centre is open, including outside library opening hours. You will need your library card to borrow books, but not to return them. The library itself will be accessible unless it has been booked for another event. Please note that the photocopier and library computers will not be available for public use outside of the staffed library hours below.
The new Charlbury Library is available for hire outside staffed hours (see below). Please contact the centre manager email@example.com for further details. Charges can be found here and the library space can be booked through our Booking link.
Below are the times when library staff or library volunteers are present:
Monday: 9.30am-12noon and 2-5pm
Wednesday: 2-5pm and 5.30-7pm
Friday: 9.30am-12noon and 2-5pm
Further information about Charlbury library can be found here: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/charlbury-library
The library telephone number is 01608 811104. There will be an answerphone outside of the above opening hours.
To search for a book use the library catalogue: https://libcat.oxfordshire.gov.uk/web/arena. If you have your library pin number and library card you will be able to use this link to renew and reserve books as well as checking whether they are available in the Oxfordshire County library system, or in Charlbury specifically.
The library is partly staffed by volunteers; we are always ready to welcome new people to go on this rota just once or twice a month. Please contact Rosalind Scott if you may be able to help: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find out more and register as a volunteer here: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/becoming-community-library-volunteer (choose Charlbury Library from the list)
The Library Manager is Julie Ward. She will be in the library on a Wednesday afternoon and evening, Friday afternoon and alternate Saturday mornings.
Ceri Osborne works on alternate Saturday mornings.
Coming soon – Rhyme/story time and more Digital Helper sessions.
‘Andreï Makine and the Joys of Living in the Moment’ : Geoffrey Strachan talks about and reads from his translations of the French novelist’s luminous stories of twentieth century Russian lives.
This is the first of what we plan to be a series of talks by local authors held in the library at 7.30pm. This will be a ticketed event (£5 to include light refreshments).
Jason will be offering individual personailsed and tailored training sessions on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday mornings. Click here for prices and details. Why not buy one for a Father's Day or birthday gift? Vouchers are available from reception.
From 4th June we will be offering a Boot Camp on Nineacres field run by Jason. Are you tough enough? Mondays 6.30-7.30pm
The café in the Community Centre is a great place to meet and now has longer opening hours. It is partly staffed by volunteers and helps us to raise money for the upkeep of the centre. Do pay us a visit soon as see for yourself. More information and menus can be found here.
Four new sessions for under-5s from meetings for pregnant mums and parents with young babies through to Toddler Gym and Stay and Play sessions. Details can be found here.
The monthly quizzes are proving popular, with the first two selling out! The next ones are on Wed 27th June and 25th July at 8pm (doors open 7.30pm). A different quiz master will do each one. Price only £5 per player, drinks available to purchase from the café. More details here.
People of secondary school age can come and use the sports hall on Thursdays 5-6pm to play basketball or another sport of your choice. Staff will set it up and leave the game to you to organise. Only £1 per player.
The Wednesday evening volleyball session now runs from 8-10pm. Players of all levels as well as newcomers to the game are welcome. Click here for details.
After School Activity Clubs have extended the age range to all pupils aged 8 and above. They are now on Mon, Wed and Thurs 4-5pm. The cost is only £3 per session for an hour of sport in the main hall. Click here for more details.
To find out about volunteering in the library please click here.