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Welcome to  Charlbury Library

Oxfordshire County Council have closed all libraries until further notice. All loan periods will be extended and you will not incur any fines or charges.

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 at least 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.

Library opening hours

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
  • Saturday: 9.30am-12.00

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: rosalind.scott@hotmail.co.uk 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)

Library Staff

The Library Manager is Julie Ward. She will be in the library on a Wednesday afternoon and evening, Friday afternoon and alternate Saturday mornings.

Events in the Library

Rhymetime – Wednesdays in term-time from 2.15 – 2.45pm

These free, fun sing-along sessions for babies and toddlers (0-5 years) combine music and rhymes, helping children to listen and concentrate, develop their language skills and learn to join in with others.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Occasional – Digital Helper sessions.

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