Adult Services Department

In the Adult Services department you'll find a growing collection of titles we hope will meet the entertainment, recreational, educational and cultural needs of adults in the Oxford area. Our librarians are selecting hundreds of titles each month in various formats to best meet the needs of our adult patrons, whether they're finishing up high school, fixing up their first home, parenting teenagers or planning retirement. In addition to our professional training in book selection and collection development, we find patron input to be an important part of building a good collection. While we cannot hope to own every book of interest to every patron, we welcome suggestions and seriously consider any we receive.

Magazines and Newspapers

A favorite spot for many regular patrons is the periodical and newspaper area flanking our fantastic fieldstone fireplace. Our collection of over one hundred fifty popular magazines and newspapers are within easy reach of the comfortable lounge chairs and expanse of windows looking out on a passive park. Our patrons find it a quiet and restful area in which to spend a few minutes or a whole afternoon.

New Titles

If you would like to browse our new arrivals, we have a special "New Book" row immediately to the left as you enter the department. You will find a selection of our new fiction and non-fiction books as well as educational videos recently added to our collection. Our new audio books and entertainment videos can be found in the lobby of the library, directly across from the circulation desk. Our popular audio collection includes new fiction and non-fiction releases in abridged and unabridged cassettes and compact discs. We also have a good collection of some old standards and classic titles from which to choose.

Quiet Study Areas

Another popular feature of our Adult Services area is the selection of individual study carrels located throughout the department. Patrons can spend the day using our resources for projects or preparing for exams in uninterrupted peace. We also have two quiet study rooms which are available for use (non-profit only). Quiet Study Room use is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to one or two people engaged in quiet study.

Electronic Resources

The Technology Room is located directly behind the Fiction shelves. Patrons have access to Internet browsing tools, a vast collection of electronic databases including and Auto Repair Reference Center, as well as Microsoft Office Applications such as Word and Excel. Your Oxford Public Library card is needed to log on as well as print documents or pages.