We're Still Open Online

writes Shirley Steventon


I am writing this article from home in the middle of the coronavirus lockdown when the Kidlington Library is closed — as are all other libraries in Oxfordshire.

There there are many online resources available free to Kidlington Library users, and if you are not yet a member you can join the library by registering online here.

For library members who may already have items at home on loan and have not been able to return them because of the closure, then please keep them safe until we re-open. Please don’t worry — all return dates will be updated automatically and no fines will be generated during the lockdown period.

If you are a member but don’t have a PIN, go onto the libraries home web page as above and click on 'manage your account' and then click on 'forgot your PIN'. You will then be able to reset it.

As a library member, you can:

• download eBooks and eAudio;
• access newspapers & magazines online;
• enter the Art & Poetry Competition for under 18s;
• stream music;
• access reference resources such as Family History;
• Which? Magazine;
• Britannica online;
• online resources for homework and study ideal to support home schooling;
• you can also download the libraries app: Oxfordshire libraries.

If you join now online, please note that we will not immediately send out your library card with our usual welcome pack because of the lockdown.

Instead, we will send you an email with your borrower number along with the PIN code you have chosen for yourself.

In response to the increased interest in our digital resources, the librarians are working hard on expanding our collections of eBooks and eAudio and developing our online resources.

Until our library is open again, and we can resume all our regular activities and plan new events, we hope you will find these online resources useful and entertaining.

We do miss seeing you in person, and we hope that you all stay safe and well.

From all the librarians and staff at the Kidlington Library, we wish you all Happy Reading!

Shirley Steventon

Shirley Steventon is a member of staff at the Kidlington Library.

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