Library users are being reminded that the Westgate-based Oxford Central Library will close as of Saturday, January 27 for redevelopment work.

A smaller, temporary library will instead be available in Oxford's Castle Quarter from the end of March until October 2017.

The replacement service will include books, audio books and DVDs for adults and children.

Internet access, reference information, newspapers, journals and music services will not be available but will still be provided at other libraries around Oxford. Users can still renew books online and through the new library app.

The closure and relocation is due to the redevelopment of the Westgate shopping centre.

Once complete Oxford Central Library will feature a new entrance foyer, a refurbished and extended children's library and new windows with views over Bonn Square and Castle Street. 

Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Cultural and Community Services, said: “The big changes are imminent so we are now reminding library users and the Oxfordshire public that February 27 is the date when the temporary closure of the central library happens.

“Our staff will then move materials and resources across to the new location at Oxford Castle Quarter before that opens in late March.

“In the interim we encourage library users to make use of our online facilities and other, public libraries in the city and the surrounding county.”