New library opens at the West Way in Botley

Oxfordshire’s libraries are updating services to residents with the launch of a new library at Botley, Oxford. Funded by the Botley Development Company, the purpose-built library is part of the West Way Development.

The site in Botley replaces a previous, smaller library in the area and demonstrates the County’s commitment to its library provision. The replacement library in Botley follows just over a month from the launch of a new community library in the Barton area of the city.

The new library brings Botley the best of contemporary library design. Curved, open shapes create a discovery layout which showcases the library collections and makes browsing a pleasure. A walk through the central shelving zones leads you into a children’s library in front of picture windows.

In addition to a great range of library materials, the new vibrant space offers a much larger space than the previous site. It provides great capacity for library activities and events. Almost everything in the library is mobile to enable a wide range of events and activities - talks, performances, workshops and displays – to take place, making it a valuable community resource. There are also spaces with power to plug in your own device as well as a dedicated zone for teenagers. There is something here for everyone whether you drop in casually to browse the books, come for longer, join an activity or to simply relax.

If you are new to the library service you can sign up for your library card at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/libraries and enjoy all of what Oxfordshire Libraries offer.

Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member for Education & Cultural Services, said:

“We are delighted to announce the relocation of Botley Library into a new site within the new West Way shopping centre, bringing additional services to this end of the city. The new library is playing a big part of this exciting development for the public and community alike and will be an improved offer for customers in a larger space following the best of contemporary library design. This demonstrates our commitment to library services in Oxfordshire and to ensuring our customers have access to all the opportunities that a modern library service can provide.”

The library is located at: 5A Church Way, Botley, Oxford OX2 9TH

Further details on the library service offered at Botley can be found at: