Services at Oundle Library

From 17 May until further notice, Oundle Library will continue to offer a limited service on restricted hours.

Customers can visit the library on an appointment basis to browse the bookshelves and use the computers. And Select & Collect, the e-library and the Library to You continue to operate.

Oundle Library’s opening hours remain Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, and Saturday 10am to 2pm. To book an appointment you can visit the library or email oundle.libraryplus@northnorthants.gov.uk   Here’s what you need to know about the services that are now available.

Appointments to visit

Under Step 2 of the government’s relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, from 12 April customers have been allowed to visit libraries – by appointment – to choose and borrow books and resources, and to use PCs and access government digital services.

Libraries are still receiving new books, but items are not being moved between branches, so you still can’t request any books or resources which are held somewhere else. However, don’t forget you can use your library card  in any Northamptonshire library so you could contact another library to request books and then arrange an appointment to collect them.

If you want to visit Oundle Library

Select & Collect

If you’d rather not visit the library you can continue to order books and talking books using the Select & Collect service. 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.

  • Because we still can’t request books from other libraries 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. 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.
  • For the time being, charges for overdue books remain suspended.
  • You can continue to return books using the boxes provided in the library car park.

To find out more contact Oundle Library. Send an email to oundle.libraryplus@northnorthants.gov.uk or ring the North Northants Call Centre on 0300 126 3000 and ask to speak to Oundle Library. Or message the library on Facebook: www.facebook.com/oundlelibrary

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.

Computer use

You can now pre-book a 45 minute slot to use the public computers (see above for details of how to book).

There is 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 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 can offer printing and copying 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.

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. 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.

  • The library can email an application form, or leave a printed form to be collected.
  • 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 oundle.libraryplus@northnorthants.gov.uk 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.

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 Call Centre on 0300 126 3000. Otherwise

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

Information and enquiry service

Library staff are still available to help you with enquiries, information and signposting. Visit the library to speak to someone.

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