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The library has long been planned by Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council as part of Franklins House, the new community building at the heart of the multimillion pound regeneration of Bicester Town Centre.

Larger facility, improved services

There will be more public access computers than at the current Bicester Library and the availability of wifi will offer increased opportunities for people to get online and further develop their digital skills.

There will also be a broader choice of books and audio visual items and increased opportunities to join in with regular activities such as weekly rhyme-times for babies and toddlers, family learning activities and reading groups.

Bicester Local History Society and National Careers Service will have their own dedicated areas in the library and there will be a weekly Job Club surgery in the Bicester Connect area of the facility. The project to create the new facility has been paid for by developers as part of the expansion of Bicester. There is no cost to the public purse.

The new library has been designed (by Opening the Book) as a flexible, practical and welcoming space so that users can make the most of what a modern library service has to offer. Designated areas have been provided for different services to bring lots of facilities under one roof, including dedicated children’s and teens areas.