The New Oxford Library and Service Centre

Published: 28-May-2018

It's open and it's beautiful. Check out some photos inside.

Oxford Library Outside

The Oxford Library and Service Centre opened last week in a fabulous new building on Main Street and adjacent to the Oxford Town Hall. The building is light, open and spacious and instead of the traditional arrangement in straight rows, the library has a more informal shelving layout. This arrangement creates different zones for reading and relaxing and encourages browsing among attractively presented book displays.

Oxford Library council desk

The Oxford Library has close to 10,000 collection items along with easy access to eBooks and electronic resources which are available on the Waimakariri Libraries’ website. Comfortable seating areas for newspaper reading, and study spaces for students, book groups, JP services and class visits sit alongside windows with unimpeded views of the Canterbury foothills. Public computers and free Wi-Fi also appeal to the many tourists who pass through Oxford on their travels.

Oxford Library seating area

The new library has a dedicated Children’s area with space for Storytime sessions, afterschool activities and holiday programmes and events.  An interactive reading nook is proving very popular with young readers. The reading nook was funded by the Waimakariri District Libraries Trust which always welcomes donations and bequests in support of the work of the Waimakariri Libraries.

Oxford Library front desk We have been encouraging library membership, and have seen 616 customers come through the doors, and 743 items borrowed in the first three days.