There are no plans to close any of Swindon's five core libraries, despite needing to make cuts of £660,000 from the service's budget.

Speaking at a meeting of the authority's overview and scrutiny committee, Swindon Borough Council leader Jim Robins said: “We don’t have any proposals to close any of our five libraries.

“We couldn’t close Central Library because we have a statutory responsibility to provide a library service.

“We will be making the savings by doing things differently and managing the service differently.”

There are five libraries across the borough - Central, Highworth, North Swindon, Park and West Swindon.

Cllr Robbins, and Cllr Kevin Small, cabinet member for finance, were questioned by the committee's chairman Dale Heenan over the proposed cuts to the service.

Cllr Heenan asked: “How will you achieve the cuts? There’s no detail in the draft budget.

"And do you guarantee no libraries will close?"

Cllr Robbins did not make a guarantee but said: “We have no plans to close any libraries.

"We are looking to make sure we can keep them open by changing the way we run them.”