I am writing this in the middle of the COVID-19 lockdown when all libraries are closed in line with the Government’s ‘Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’ strategy.
If you have items on loan please keep them safe until we re-open. All dates will be updated automatically and no fines will be generated due to the Corona virus.
There are many online resources available free to Oxfordshire Library users.
For example, you can
- download eBooks and eAudio
- access newspapers & magazines online
- enter the Art & Poetry Competition for under 18s
- music streaming
- access reference resources such as Family History (an ideal time to get stuck into researching your family tree), Which? Magazine, Britannica online and many more.
- online resources for homework and study (ideal for home schooling!)
Check out our website www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries where you can also join the library. Once you have joined online, as we are not sending out your library card and pack due to the lockdown, you will be emailed with your borrower number. Then, along with the PIN code you chose for yourself you can download/access all the online facilities. You can also download the libraries app Oxfordshire libraries.
Also, there are lots of activities, stories, rhymetimes etc on our Facebook page (Oxfordshire Libraries) or follow us on Twitter @oxonlibraries.
If you are already a member but don’t have a PIN, go onto the libraries home web page as above and click on ’manage your account’ and then click on ‘forgot your PIN’. You will then be able to reset it.
In response to the increased interest in our digital resources, the librarians are working on expanding our collections of eBooks and eAudio and developing our online resources.
For example, the Bloomin’ Good Book Club has recently launched on our Facebook page or #oxonreads#bloomingoodbookclub on Twitter.
Share your thoughts and join the discussion.
Until the libraries are open again and we can resume all our regular activities and plan new events we hope you will find these resources useful and entertaining. We miss seeing you all in the library and hope that you all stay safe and well.