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Bicester town centre's new multimillion-pound library opens

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Image caption The library was funded by developers as part of the expansion of Bicester town centre

Bicester's multimillion-pound new library has opened its doors.

The facility is part of Franklins House, the town's new £6.6m community building off Manorsfield Road.

The current Bicester Library, in Old Place Yard, closed on 19 March and staff have spent six weeks moving its stock to the new site.

Its replacement is being funded by developers as part of the expansion of Bicester town centre and has more public computers and wi-fi internet.

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Image caption The library has more stock and public computers, wi-fi internet, and regular activities

Oxfordshire County Council has planned the library together with Cherwell District Council.

Head of the authority's library service, Jillian Southwell, said she hoped it would become a "focal point" for the town.

She added that there would be regular activities, such as weekly rhyme-times for babies and toddlers, family learning activities and reading groups.

Other plans for Bicester town centre include a hotel and shops, as well as office space and a restaurant.

Image caption Staff spent six weeks moving stock from the old library to its replacement

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