Services at Oundle Library
From Monday, 19 July we will be able to use the library and its garden without an appointment or time limits. And although service restrictions remain in place, you’ll be able to
- choose, renew and return books
- use the public computers
- do printing or photocopying
- apply for, or renew Bus Passes and Blue Badges
- receive help with general enquiries
- use the library garden, although not the outdoor gym until some maintenance work has been done.
The library aims to provide a near-to-normal, standard service and offer additional services as and when they deem it safe and appropriate to do so. Staff will make sure the library doesn’t become too crowded and customers will be encouraged to wear face coverings and use the hand sanitiser provided. Library staff may still choose to wear PPE to handle customer documents and cash, and they will be cleaning down equipment and touch points on a regular basis in all areas of the library.
Visiting Oundle Library
You will be allowed to move freely around the main library and children’s library, without any time limits. You will also be able to use the library garden (although not the outdoor gym).
Please note there will be no tables or seating available in the library for reading or study, although seating can be offered in an emergency. Also, the staff area (which has been relocated into the Reference section) remains off limits.
Regular library activities which used to be timetabled, such as Rhymetime and Baby Play sessions, will not yet resume. Volunteer-led groups e.g. the language cafés and Scrabble group, will be notified when they can use the library again.
The Reservation Service will be reinstated on 1 August so you’ll be able to request books and other reading materials from any county library. Don’t forget your library card can be used at every Northamptonshire library, so you can visit other libraries if you’re out and about.
Charges for overdue books were suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic but will be reinstated from 1 August 2021. From that date the renewal reminders will resume, so check your email Junk folders to make sure your reminders don’t stray! The reminder emails always contain a link to the renewals page on the website. It’s quick and easy to renew online to avoid any fines.
If you have any questions about visiting Oundle Library
Using the computers
The public computers offer free access to websites available through the Good Web Guide, which includes things like Benefits advice, health and wellbeing and family history. Otherwise the charge for going online is £1 for 20 minutes from Saturday to Thursday but free on Fridays.
Access to the online reference service is free every day, and if websites listed in the online reference section provide links to other websites these will also be free to access.
Printing and photocopying
The library offers printing and photocopying, and normal charges apply. The Public Printing service, where you can print your documents to the library using your own mobile device, is also available. Find out more here.
The Select & Collect service
If you’d rather not visit the library you can continue to order books and talking books using the Select & Collect service, until 1 August when the Reservation Service is reinstated.
- You’ll need to check the online library catalogue to find out what’s at Oundle. Find the catalogue here.
- You can pre-order up to 5 books and/or talking books, or ask library staff to put together a Mystery Selection for you.
- Items you receive in a Select & Collect bag will be issued to your account on the day you collect them. So don’t forget that charges for overdue books will be reinstated from 1 August 2021.
The free e-library provides e-books, e-audiobooks, newspapers and magazines to download. New titles are added to the e-library every week.
If you see something you’d like to borrow and the waiting list looks depressingly long, don’t despair! People tend to return items as soon as they’ve finished them, which means the waiting time is usually much less than it looks. You only need your library card number and PIN number to sign up. Visit our Useful Links page to find out more, or to sign up for any of the e-library services.
Library to You service
The Library to You service is a lifeline for anyone (of any age) who is housebound, shielding, or unable to get to the library. It’s easy to sign up for the service, and if you know anyone who might love to have books delivered to them at home, do let them know about it.
- You can collect an application form from the library, or they can email one to you.
- When someone registers for the service, the library calls to find out the sorts of books and authors they enjoy, and the reading formats they prefer e.g. large print, audiobooks etc.
- Then, once a month, library staff will make a selection of books and/or talking books which will be delivered by our volunteers.
- To get an application form email Oundle Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the North Northants Call Centre on 0300 126 3000 and ask to speak to Oundle Library.
You can read a bit more about the Library to You service and download an application form here.
Information and enquiries
Library staff are available to help you with enquiries, information and signposting. Visit the library to speak to someone.