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“Practically the Same Layout as The "Old"Central Public Library”

Oxford Central Library
Ranked #86 of 145 things to do in Oxford
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

I remember the old library.It was just the same.Same lifts,same department layout,its just been given a make over but is practically the same.
It appears to have been missed off entirely of the large pillar maps at the entrance to Westgate as despite 10 minutes perusal I could not locate it on there.
One addition I did notice was a very expensive looking Yamaha "Digital Piano"with headphones for public use.
Plus there are more computer terminals BUT these ,unless one is a member are restricted to 15 minutes use at a time on a rotational unbooked basis.
Strange because terminals in the satellite libraries are now 30 minutes and were
until recently 1 hour.
Seems they are trying to force more people to join in order to use to beef up the numbers and make the staff look needed as a library an book 2 hours uninterrupted.
Many of these terminals are extremely uncomfortable to use.No where to place coats bags belongings except on floor,neck craning and sticking ones rear end out required
to get within reading distance of the screen etc.
The mouse cable was so taut and short I could not pull it to a comfortable position.
The staff seem friendly enough in a dim sort of way.The white walls are covered in slogans like the Peoples Republic of Korea exhorting study and reading and the joys of
intellectualism.
I could add one of my own by Mark Twain "A big thick encyclopedia is a very useful thing.For propping up a wonky table leg eeping a window propped open....."
The atmosphere in the place is reasonable enough .
My overall impression was this place is absolutely stuck in its opening era 1970s and is petrified of anything approaching real change.
Compared to the gigantic New York size architectural wonder of the Eminem library in Utrecht-a similar small town-this one in Oxford looks positively has been and cheapskate.
I did not see any dirt or junks loitering in there but there were large groups of tourists and students being given guided tours.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Canteen staff were just rude and I would not go there for a coffee again.
They had no angers and a permanent attitude problem

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

The town of Oxford is a must see stop while in the UK. A lot of history. We travelled there with Evan Evans Tours. Highly recommended

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

This is the biggest library in the area and is centrally located in Oxford City Centre (by the old Westgate centre).
As well as books for just about everything including a vast selection of travel guides it houses local information, computers and photocopies.
Only problem with this library is it does get very busy and can have a long wait for computers and a long wait at the desk (for particularly unfriendly staff)

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank AlexJ262
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Reviewed 1 January 2015

This Central Library would be the first place for any tourist to visit. A vast amount of pamphlets and books on Oxford; computers to look up any more information, including extensive Family History records. The staff are extremely helpful. the reading rooms are light and airy and there is lift access. You can get a temporary borrower's card and various music media are available. You can even play a keyboard and some instruments (with headphones).
Opening hours are 9-7 daily except Friday and Saturday when it is 9-5.30. A gem of a place.

Date of experience: December 2014
Thank Mary s
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