Banbury library offers lockdown click and collect service


Library staff will handpick up to six books that fit the interests and preferences given by a resident

Library users are set for a lockdown boost thanks to the launch a new click and collect service – an exciting and free way for customers of all ages to explore and read books.

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.

To access the service, residents need to complete a short online form available on Oxfordshire County Council’s website.   This will tell library staff what sort of books they like to read and how many they would like. Residents can also phone 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.

Councillor 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.”

The click and collect service will be available at Banbury Library on Marlborough Road and also at libraries in Oxford,  Abingdon, Bicester, Botley, Cowley, Didcot, Headington, Henley, Kidlington, Summertown, Thame, Wantage and Witney.   All other libraries will remain closed through lockdown.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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