We are sure you will have seen the news that Oxfordshire will be moving to Tier 4 restrictions from 00:01 on 26 December. Sadly, this means that our libraries will once again have to close their doors to the public.
However, we will revert to the same arrangements which were in place during the November lockdown, i.e. Click & Collect, reservations, returns and pre-booked computer access will be available at the following 14 libraries: Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Botley, Cowley, Didcot, Headington, Henley, Kidlington, Oxfordshire County Library, Summertown, Thame, Wantage, Witney. As you may also recall, only 5 libraries (Abingdon, Banbury, Henley, Oxfordshire County, and Witney) will be operating between Christmas and New Year, so the list of 14 will not be in operation until 4 January.
Although we had hoped to extend these services to other libraries, we cannot commit to that at this stage, as some library staff may need to be redeployed to support other critical OCC services. We will keep this under review and update you as soon as possible.
We should also be mindful that these latest changes are likely to impact on the plans to reopen the remaining 11 libraries. We will of course continue to work towards making these branches COVID-secure and get them ready to open as soon as our local restrictions allow.
Hopefully you will have also seen our service update email to all library customers, announcing that all loans have been extended to April 2021.
With thanks again for your support and patience over this unprecedented year, and with best wishes for a peaceful festive season, and for a better 2021.
Graham and James.