Helpful links

The librarians have revamped the online resources to be suitable for use during lock down and all are clearly available.

Family History and Biographies

Then select Family History and Biographies.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography contains 55,000 biographies of influential people spanning centuries.

For a shorter biographies try:

Who's Who and Who Was Who which includes 34,000 entries of noteworthy and influential people who impacted on British life: Winston Churchill, Lauren Bacall and 33,998 more.

News, Magazines and Research

'The Times Digital Archive' search for a key word and you will get Times Newspaper articles from the past such as: Murder in Dublin (August 23 1810) or Lost on Wednesday last, a large Pomeranian Dog, answers to the name of Fox (May 25 1786).

'RBDigital' free access to magazines you can 'borrow' on line such as BBC Good Food, BBC History, The Economist, Gardeners World, Good Housekeeping and many more.

'NewsBank' where you can read the Oxford Mail and Oxford Times or search national newspapers by a topic and read their articles on the subject.

For those of you who use Facebook, I would like to invite you to like the Friends of Wheatley Library Facebook page. 

Local garden centres

Local garden centres:

Yarnton Nurseries is partially open from 10 am to 4pm every day with restricted numbers in the store and strict distancing inside. They also have an online shopping facility with free delivery over £50 for items including plants (sold in pre-chosen bundles of 3).

On-line available, although delivery time can be up to 3 weeks. £4.99 delivery. No phone availability. Contact through web site only.

The Oxford Garden Centre have now re-opened their website for on-line orders from 7am Monday to 7pm Wednesday for local delivery.

The garden centre remains closed.

Orders are being delivered within 7 days mostly.

01844 339226. 

They have large stocks of seeds, compost, pots, furniture, roses, shrubs and indoor plants that we can deliver. You can use the website shop as an online catalogue but please ring us to place your order and pay.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers (NSPCC)…/coronavirus-advice-suppport-chi…/

The NSPCC has created a number of resources to support parents and carers during this difficult time. 

Topics include:

  • Talking to a child worried about coronavirus

  • Parents working from home

  • Children staying home alone

  • Lockdown and separated parents

  • How to cope with tantrums and other difficult behaviour

The advice can be found on the NSPCC website.


All libraries are closed to the public. The County Library is open for critical staff only.