Is the library free?
Well…not exactly. There is no free lunch, after all. And the library is hardly a “lunch”—more like a ten-course dinner. The library is funded through your property taxes. Property taxes are calculated by multiplying the millage rate [A “millage” is one part per thousand, so .1% or $1 per thousand dollars. The rate is set by the aldermen, the elected board of city officials, and rarely rises.] by the assessed value of your property, which, in Oxford, is usually 10% of its “true value”. The city uses a service called Property Link where you can look up your home’s value. So…an example is in order. As of March 2018, the current total millage rate (city millage + county millage) if you live in the City of Oxford is 0.11023. Let’s say your home is valued at $150k….that makes its assessed value $15k (remember, the assessed value is 10% of the true value). Your property tax is the assessment multiplied by the millage, so 15000*0.1123=$1653.45 is the amount of property tax you pay to the city and the county. Approximately 1% of that goes to the library. That means that you, Ms. Homeowner, pay a WHOPPING $16.53 to fund the library each year! That’s THREE (3) Big Mac Value Meals. Does that sound like a good value for all the wonderful services we provide? Could you please consider asking for more Value-Meal-Equivalents from your wonderful elected officials?
Where are you located?
We are next to Chaney’s Pharmacy and the Oxford Skate Park, at the corner of Bramlett (S 18th) and Jackson. Our address is 401 Bramlett, Oxford, MS 38655.
What is your phone number?
Can I get directions?
From Jackson Ave: Stay on Jackson Avenue heading east. You will have to go “around the Square” because part of Jackson is one way. When you are finally around the Square get back on Jackson and take it until it meets a stop light. If you are at that stop light, and you look right, that’s the back of our building!
From Highway 7: Take the University Avenue exit heading west into town. Once you are on University Ave. you will stay straight until you reach the Bramlett/S 18th intersection. This is locally known as the “Burger King Intersection” because Burger King is located here. Turn Right. We are the big, two story brick building with white columns on the left.
From University Ave: Take University Ave. west Head down the hill until you reach the Bramlett/S 18th intersection. This is locally known as the “Burger King Intersection” because Burger King is located here. Turn Left. We are the big, two story brick building with white columns on the left.
What are your hours?
We are open 7 days a week! From Monday to Thursday we are open from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm. On Friday and Saturday we are open from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and on Sunday we are open from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm.
How can I get a library card?
All we need is to see an ID and some type of proof that you live/work/go to school in Lafayette County or one of the counties in the First Regional System. If your address on your ID is a Lafayette County address, that will be just fine. If not, bring a piece of mail, a bill of some sort, a lease… anything with your name and address.
If you have previously had a card and lost it, we will gladly replace it for free, if you have an ID.
Can I send/receive a fax at the library? How much does it cost? What is your fax number?
Yes, you can send and receive faxes here. The cost is $1.00 per page. Our fax number is (662) 234-3155.
Can I print from the computers in the library? How much does it cost? Do you have a color printer?
You can print from our public computers and our laptops. The cost is 25¢ a page. We do not have a color printer at this time.
Can I scan a document at the library?
We do not have access to a scanner for the public just yet.
Do you have a copy machine? How much does it cost?
We do have a copy machine. The cost is 25¢ per page.
Do you have a Notary Public? How much does it cost to have a document notarized?We do have a Notary Public, and it is free.
How can I find out about library happenings?
You can pick up a calender at the circulation desk (these are also sent home to every student in Lafayette County grades K-4). Our calendar is under Library Links on this page. Or you could “like” us on Facebook which we update regularly too.
How can I volunteer at the library?
We love volunteers. We especially love volunteers to call at least one day before and set up a time to come help out. This gives us a chance to put together a project for you and make sure that someone is available to show you how to do said project. Please call us at (662) 234-5751 and let us know when you’d like to come help out!