The latest lockdown

Now we’re back in lockdown public libraries can only offer a limited service. But luckily, you can still borrow books and talking books!

Essentially government Covid-19 guidelines do not allow customers to enter Oundle Library, or to have face-to-face contact with library staff.  But you can still use the Select & Collect service and the e-library; and the Library to You service continues to run. Oundle Library’s opening hours remain Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 4pm, and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Here’s what you need to know about the services that are available during lockdown.

Select & Collect

You can order books and talking books using the Select & Collect service and then collect them from Oundle Library. Anybody of any age can use the service. So if you’d like board books for your baby, or some new storybooks to read to your child, the library will be happy to help. And of course the service covers Young Adult and adult, fiction and non-fiction titles as well. You can even ask for audio language courses.

  • Items are not being moved between libraries at the moment, so 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. If that sounds a bit time consuming why not ask library staff to put together a Mystery Selection for you? Their choices will always be based on the books and authors you’ve told them you enjoy.
  • And by the way, lots of new books are arriving at the library every week, so there’s plenty to choose from.
  • Charges for overdue books have been suspended during lockdown.
  • You can continue to return books using the boxes provided in the library car park.

To find out more just contact Oundle Library. Send an email to oundlib@firstforwellbeing.co.uk or ring the NCC Call Centre on 0300 126 1000 and ask to speak to Oundle Library. Or message the library on Facebook.

e-Library

The free e-library provides e-books, e-audiobooks, newspapers and magazines to download. New titles are being added to the e-library every week.

If you see a title 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 with 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

The Library to You service is a lifeline for anyone (of any age) who is housebound, shielding, or unable to get to the library. If you know anyone who fits this description, do let them know about the service.

  • Ask the library to send you an application form, or to leave a printed form for you to collect when you next visit.
  • When you register, the library will call to find out the sorts of books and authors you enjoy, and the formats you prefer.
  • Then, once a month, library staff will choose books (or talking books) and these will be delivered to you at home.
  • To get an application form email Oundle Library at oundlib@firstforwellbeing.co.uk or phone the NCC Call Centre on 0300 126 1000 and ask to speak to Oundle Library.

If you know anyone who is housebound and who may be missing being able to get to the library, do let them know about this service.

Bus Passes and Blue Badges

At the moment the library cannot deal with Bus Pass or Blue Badge applications or renewals. If you know someone who needs help with these who isn’t online, ring the NCC Call Centre on 0300 126 1000. Otherwise

  • Bus Pass applications and renewals can be done online here.
  • Blue Badge applications and renewals can be done online here.

If you visit Oundle Library

Unfortunately, library staff are not allowed to have face-to-face contact with customers at this time.

  • Select & Collect book orders will be left on the table in the car park for you to collect at the agreed date and time
  • You can continue to return your library books using the boxes underneath the table in the library car park
  • Library fines have been suspended for the period of this lockdown.
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