Spring time opening for Bicester’s new and improved library centre

Internal layout of the new library in Bicester PNL-160302-150641001

Internal layout of the new library in Bicester PNL-160302-150641001

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Bicester’s new library is due to open in April.

The library, which is part of Franklins House, has been planned by Oxon County and Cherwell District Council to accompany the multi-million pound regeneration of the town centre.

It will be housed in a new community building and will open its doors on April 11.

Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Oxon county councillor for cultural and community services, said: “Our spring opening date is now just around the corner.

“I am looking forward to seeing this fresh, modern, new library with its improved facilities becoming a focal point for a town that is growing but at the same time retaining its own distinctive character as an Oxfordshire town.

“The library will also be a significant part of OCC’S library service in future years.”

The new and improved library will be larger than the current one with more public access computers, increased availability of WiFi, a broader choice of books and audio visual items and more regular activities such as weekly rhyme-times for babies and toddlers, family learning activities and reading groups.

Bicester Local History Society and National Careers Service will have their own dedicated areas in the library and there will be a weekly job club surgery in the Bicester Connect area of the facility.

There will also be CDC link point, a restaurant, office and retail space.

Developers have paid for the project as part of the expansion of Bicester.

The current library will close at 4.30pm on Saturday, March 19.

Staff will spend three weeks moving stock to the new library ready for it to open on Monday, April 11 at 9.30am.

No items will be due for return during the closure period and loan periods will be extended.

Library users may return items to any Oxfordshire library. All library opening hours can be found at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/libraries.

Readers can use other libraries and online services, including e-books and e-audio books and Reference Online.

These are also available via the library service’s Library app found by searching for Oxfordshire Libraries at the App store or Google Play.

More on the changes in Bicester can be found at www.growingbicester.co.uk, which has been requested by businesses and residents.