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Oakley Interactive Space

New Interactive Space - Coming to Oakley June 2023

Gloucestershire Libraries have been awarded £250,000 by Arts Council England’s Library Improvement Fund to create a new community and digital immersive library space in Oakley, Cheltenham. Plus, additional funding of £48,000 was also awarded by Barnwood Trust Digital Inclusion Fund. 


The Vision

  • To generate a digital, immersive storytelling space where customers can directly engage with digital stories to subliminally support literacy and learning in a fun and interactive way.
  • Create a resource both digitally and within the space to support the growth of countywide home educators. Providing free facilities, training and support to parents with literacy learning.
  • Develop a programme of activities around skills development, technological development, as well as reading development, including a ‘reading garden’ which the community will be involved in creating and maintaining.
  • The space will be open plan to be able to facilitate digital screenings (based on literacy) as well as exhibitions used and curated by the community.
  • The building will promote eco-friendly initiatives both within the building works as well as communication through events and activities within the space at Oakley.



  • Immersive Reality
  • Borrow Books
  • Public Computers
  • Printing & WiFi
  • Garden
  • Hire the space
  • IT Support
  • Service Access Support
  • Home Education Hub
  • Volunteering Opportunities
  • Skills Development Activities


What is Immersive Reality? 

A digital experience with 360° projected images you can interactive with. Be present in a non-physical world. Go to places and see things you otherwise might not be able to in a fully engaging manner. Available to the whole community, with emphasis on local people and groups.


Recent News 

Arts Council England chief executive visits new digital learning space


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New Digital Storytelling Centre. Coming to Oakley 2023. Supported by Arts Council. Image shows children in an immersive storytelling room.


Where to find us  

Clyde Crescent, Cheltenham, GL52 5QH. Next to Oakley Children’s Centre and Opposite the Oakley Community Resource Centre. 

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