The relaxing of coronavirus restrictions is good news for book lovers and railway enthusiasts.

The click, call and collect service which allows customers to reserve books online or by telephone has only been available at Central Library during the current lockdown. From Monday, the service will also be available at Highworth, North Swindon, Park and West Swindon libraries.

To order a book people will need a library card and PIN available and will need to select which book, or books, they would like to borrow and which branch they are collecting from.

As well as pre-ordering specific books, there will also be the option to let staff make the choice during the ordering process.

There is no reservation charge.

When books are ready to be collected, residents will be contacted by a member of staff. Those who are shielding or self-isolating can nominate someone else to collect books on their behalf.

Face coverings must be worn unless exceptions apply and hand sanitiser used on entry. For West Swindon Library, people will need to comply with the government’s test and trace requirements for when collecting books, as the library is co-located within another public building.

The Central Library shop will resume its shop, select and collect service from Monday.

People can browse the stock of books, cards, local crafts and Swindon-themed gifts at at then email or call 07813 721158 to place an order.

While Steam Museum will remain closed, its shop will open on Monday, and also continues selling Great Western Railway themed gifts online. For opening times for the shop ring 01793 466646 or email

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