Since March 2016, Oxford’s main public library has been closed while the Westgate shopping centre underwent a major expansion and regeneration project. Now that the building work is almost reaching completion, Oxfordshire County Council has announced that the library will reopen on 18th December.

It will be renamed the Oxfordshire County Library, and will have longer opening hours than before; 9am until 8pm Monday – Saturday, and Sunday opening hours will commence from early 2018.


The reconfigured library will have new community spaces for activities and workshops, an improved children’s library, free wi-fi and public computers.

In an era of library closures, it is exciting to celebrate the investment in a library project of this scale. I am looking forward to using the library when it opens in December; I’ll report back to you then, with pictures and a review.

Link to Oxfordshire County Council.