The oldest library in Chester County

For 240 years, the Oxford Library has provided resources to enrich our knowledge!  The library is also a valuable community partner.

The dedication of the outdoor painting installation by the late Dave Eldreth.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Library

The Dinosaur Party

Rep. John Lawrence and Chris Grove of the Oxford Chamber at the bilingual book walk in Oxford Memorial Park.

 

Exactly how old is the Oxford Library?
The Oxford Library is the oldest library in Chester County and the third oldest in Pennsylvania. The Oxford Library was established on August 3, 1784, by 28 members and an equal number of books, to “promise Knowledge and Literature in the Township of Oxford…,” according to the articles of incorporation of the Oxford Library Company. Originally, the library was kept in the home of the designated librarian and subscription was limited. In 1868, subscription was made available to the public and, for the purchase of a share of stock and an annual fee of one dollar, you could borrow books. In 1938, when it was the beneficiary of the Community Chest, it was made a free library for all.

How many books are in the Oxford Library?
At last count at the end of 2022, the total number of books was 52,608 but that number fluctuates throughout the year as we add new titles and weed those that are worn, damaged or no longer of interest to our patrons. The library also has a DVD and Blu-Ray collection of over 4000 items that are all free to borrow. Magazines, newspapers, audiobooks, and CD’s are also available to borrow from the library.

What else can be borrowed from the Oxford Library?
We have Brandywine River Museum Passes and Longwood Gardens Passes available. Interactive STEM kits are also available to borrow. There are a variety of interactive kits for families to borrow and explore topics like robotics, magnets, nature, and engineering through experimentation.
You don’t even need to visit the library to borrow materials. Library cardholders have access to downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks through Libby. Many popular titles, including new bestsellers and old favorites can be borrowed for use on your smartphone, tablet, eReader, PC, or Mac. Digital magazines can be downloaded with Flipster and both new issues and back issues are available. If you love movies, you can use your library card to gain access to stream thousands of movies on Kanopy.

How can you get a library card?
Library cards are free to all Chester County residents. The easiest and quickest way to get a card is to stop in the library with a valid ID and complete an application. Photo ID is preferred but not required, as long as the document has address information. Children may use parent or guardian ID with matching address. For more information on getting a library card or to apply online, visit https://www.ccls.org/275/Get-a-Library-Card.

What other services and programs does the library have?

Every month the library features a variety of enriching programs and events including Author Events, Storytimes, ESL Classes, and Afterschool Clubs. We have a Summer Reading Club for all ages to earn fun incentives and prizes just for reading. Our schedule of events can be found on our website.
There are public computers available for use and free Wi-Fi throughout the building. Some other services we offer are printing, copying, faxing, and scanning to email.
While in the library, you can use the Ancestry database and our Local History Collection to research your own families’ history.
We have private meeting spaces, both large and small, available to book.
Our helpful and professional library staff are ready to help you research any topic you need more information on using a variety of resources the library makes available.

How can you help the Oxford Library?    The Oxford Library is a non-profit organization and we depend on our volunteers and donors to keep the library going. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the library. Donations can be mailed, dropped off or made online.
Another very important way to help the Oxford Library is to visit our library and use our resources.

We hope to see you soon at the Oxford Library!