Ex-PM unveils Charlbury's bigger and better new library

The wait is over for Charlbury residents to get a taste of their brand new library – which is bigger, better and open for longer.

The library was officially opened by former Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday (9 September) as part of the new Charlbury Community Centre, which also boasts a sports hall, multi-use studio and café. It means visitors can keep fit, refreshed and well-read - all under one roof.

The project, made possible through partnership with the Thomas Gifford Trust and the Friends of Charlbury Library, is part of the council's commitment to investing in the future of libraries and putting them right at the heart of their communities.

Integrating facilities

Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Cultural Services Lorraine Lindsay-Gale said: “We’re delighted to be a part of this fantastic new community centre. Right across our countywide network of 43 libraries we’re continuing to look at ways of improving services in a way that suits the needs of the different communities they serve. At Charlbury we saw a great opportunity to integrate our facilities with other local services and amenities, and to bring the library closer to many more people as a result.

Cllr Lindsay-Gale, pictured left with Mr Cameron, added: “Being part of a staffed community building also means customers can use the self-service facility to borrow and return at times when the library itself is not staffed. It also extends access to a wide range of council services online via our public computers and free wifi.”

Community space

Opening the Community Centre on Saturday, Mr Cameron said: “This project demonstrates what I love about our community and why I am so proud to call it home. It’s a fantastic facility made possible by all those who have volunteered their time and energy – as well as generosity – to provide our community with a space that everyone will benefit from.

“I’m so glad to be here and share this moment with you all. I look forward to seeing what the people of Charlbury can achieve next!”

Key features of new library at Charlbury:

  • More than double the space of old library – allowing visitors to browse and choose books in greater comfort
  • Three public access computers
  • Free wi fi
  • Parking nearby (including disable parking spaces)
  • More books in stock – new titles have been added and more to follow
  • Integration with other local facilities – sharing the building with an amazing sports facility, dance studio and café.
  • Customers can borrow, return and check their account details outside of staffed hours via the self-service facility.

The library replaces the previous facility at The Corner House, Charlbury.

Staffed opening hours are:

Monday 9.30am – 12pm & 2pm – 5pm

Tuesday – Unstaffed

Wednesday 2pm – 5pm & 5.30pm – 7pm

Thursday – Unstaffed

Friday – 9.30am – 12pm & 2pm – 5pm

Saturday – 9.30 – 12pm

Sunday - Unstaffed

Self-service facilities:

Available from 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 5pm on Saturday & Sunday.