IS Oxford Open Days

"An awesome day, a great environment, amazing staff and lunch – already looking to the next one!!

Ian Harbour, The College of West Anglia (Oct 2016)

We have been hosting regular Open Days since 2009. They are a great opportunity to meet IS Oxford staff, look at latest developments in Heritage Cirqa and visit some notable sites in Oxford city centre. In short, a great day out!

This year we will be taking some of the content of our Open Days out on the road around the UK. Further details can be found on the Regional Events page.  

"It was lovely to meet you and the rest of the team at the open day last week. I hadn’t anticipated enjoying a day dedicated to the intricacies of a library system so much – it was really relaxed, great hospitality and I met some very nice Heritage customers too. Long after I’ve forgotten about ‘lost on loan’, I’ll remember that amazing lunch!"

Helen Bradley, All Hallows College (Aug 2013)

"As always, the organisation of the event was superb, with an informative morning session (we are in the process of upgrading to 5.1A and 3.6 right now!), excellent refreshments, and the wonderful trip to the Bodleian. I had never visited before, and have always wanted to go there; the guide was lovely, and the tour a worthwhile treat. Such consideration of your customers helps explain the loyalty of so many Heritage customers, including us!"

Emma Casey, Farnborough Sixth Form College (Oct 2014)

What does an Open Day involve?

This year's Open Day is slightly different in that we have replaced the afternoon tour with additional training options. The main afternoon training session will continue the theme of the morning, but we will also offer a couple of smaller Q&A style sessions in which IS Oxford staff will be able to answer your specific questions and take you on tours of areas of the system you might not be familiar with.

Coffee and tea is available from 9.30am on the morning as everyone arrives. Below is the itinerary for our 11th July 2019 Open Day:

  • 9.30am Coffee and tea available.Heritage presentation
  • 10.30am Introduction to the latest features in Heritage Cirqa, Heritage Online and the MyCirqa app presented by various IS Oxford staff, followed by a presentation on 'Managing mergers using Heritage (a tale of two colleges)' by Claire Lyness of Coventry College. This is followed by a taster training session entitled ‘The Management Menu Uncovered’ with Eoin Garland, our Training Programme Manager. 
  • 12.30pm Buffet lunch
  • 1.45pm The main afternoon presentation-style training session will be continuing the theme of the morning session. We promise you will go back to your library inspired and keen to implement what you have seen! 
  • 2.00-2.30pm Finish.

A good lunch!



I thoroughly enjoyed the day - the buffet was the probably the best I've had on a course and the trip to the Ashmolean was brilliant - am going to go back sometime and make a day of it!

Ann Evans, Health Services Management Centre (Mar 2010)



"Thank you for a really lovely day in Oxford. It was without doubt, the best organised event I have ever attended since working in our school, and I've been here 11 years! I found your session on Heritage really imformative, and I cannot wait to get the time to start trying things out. The visit to the Bodlleian Library was fantastic, so interesting. The whole day was great, well presented, run at a good pace and very enjoyable and you were right about the lunch, it was delicious. It was all well worth the journey!"

Pat Jones, George Green's School (Oct 2010)

A fine day for an Open Day

Thank you all for a lovely day in Oxford yesterday. It was very good indeed for me to meet so many other librarians and I found quite a few with the same sorts of libraries and similar problems to me. The exchange of ideas and experience was very useful indeed as was the excellent presentation of the update to Heritage. I know that a lot of hard work went into the smooth running of the day – I get involved in that sort of things as well – and I really appreciated all the care and attention shown.

Linda Gough, Fortune Centre for Riding Therapy (Mar 2010)

Open Day Dates for 2019

Open Day events are free of charge but limited to two people per institution. The dates for 2019 are as follows: 

24th October 2019, IS Oxford Ltd, The Chapel (Oxford) 

To book places please complete the online form, or for further details contact us. Alternatively check to see if we're holding a Regional Event near you this year. 


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