MORE libraries in the town are reopening their doors.

Central Swindon North Parish Council has started a click and collect service for its Moredon and Rodbourne Cheney Library.

Town clerk Andy Reeves said: “We have installed new handwash sanitiser stations, one way systems and employed additional cleaning staff in our centres.

“There’s been a lot of risk management that we have had to do and for now we are only allowing a small proportion of people inside the building. All our libraries will be doing a click and collect service and we will be cleaning everything regularly.”

The parish council runs four other libraries in Penhill, Pinehurst and Even Swindon.

Andy wants to get them all open before school’s reopen after the summer holiday.

He said: “Students have missed out on around six months of education, so reading and support for them is really important and that’s why we’re determined to get all the libraries open before they go back to school.

“The biggest challenge for us is that we’re starting to get to that point where isolation and loneliness is a real issue. People aren’t getting to go to the clubs and gatherings they used to in the community, so that is something the council is also working on.”

Libraries operated by Swindon Borough Council reopened across Swindon at the end of July after the Government eased lockdown measures.

First the Central Library operated with a new click-and-collect system. In its first week it had more than1,000 reservations.

Then the remaining four libraries - North Swindon, Parks, Highworth and West Swindon - followed suit with the same system.

All the buildings have COVID-secure measures in place and people are not able to access the toilets or study areas.

But there is good news for those who want to user the computers.

A spokesman for the borough council said: “We are making a limited number of public network computers available at each library.

“You can use a computer for a pre-booked 45-minute slot.

“This service and the library shop will be available at Central Library from August 18 and at the other core libraries from August 24.”

Old Town Library opened for the first time since the start of lockdown on July 22.

The Devizes Road library is now operating with a click, call and collect service.

Customers can reserve books online or by telephone, and returns can be dropped off in the courtyard.

The library will be open between 11am and 3pm Monday to Friday, and between 10am-11.30am on Saturdays.

All books returned will be quarantined for 72 hours before being put back on the shelf.