Week of special events planned for opening of Oxfordshire County Library

An action-packed week of special events is being staged to celebrate the opening of the Oxfordshire County Library later this month.

Visitors to the county council’s new flagship facility can look forward to a host of activities including live music and dance workshops, craft demonstrations and exhibitions from Monday 18 December.

The library, which replaces the old Central Library at Oxford’s regenerated Westgate centre, will boast an impressive range of new features and services, including a ‘Makerspace’ for community activities and special events, and a much larger children’s library. It will also serve as a ‘front door’ for visitors to access council services online and get the support they may need to do this.

Please visit the council’s website for a full list of opening activities and events

Something for everyone

Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Cultural Services Lorraine Lindsay-Gale said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming people to our new County Library and I would urge everyone to pay us a visit in the run-up to Christmas and check out our excellent opening events. From pop-up opera, dancing and Christmas carols to children’s storytelling and craft sessions, there should be something for all ages and tastes.

She added: “Before the old Central Library closed, it was ranked as the third busiest council-run library in the country. We now want to build on that strong support from the Oxfordshire community, and welcome more people than ever before. We’re hoping to sign up as many new members as possible and bring some Christmas cheer to our very first visitors later this month.”

The Oxfordshire Library opens at Westgate Oxford on Monday, 18 December. For more information visit our website.