A Swindon library is still out of action after heavy rain flooded the leisure centre it resides in.

The Link Centre in West Swindon was hit by flooding in September last year, and while the affected ice rink, pool and other gym facilities are now up and running, the West Swindon Library is not. 

Now, around five months after the local facility was forced to close, the Swindon Libraries and Information Service have provided an update to say it was the worst-hit area in the Link Centre and there is still no known timeline for its reopening. 

A spokesperson said: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the current closure of West Swindon Library.

"We know many library users are affected and all efforts are being made to reopen as soon as we are able. However while a lot of work has already been done, there is still much to do.

"The library was the worst-affected area of the Link Centre building, with floodwater damage throughout. All staff and public areas required extensive cleaning and decontamination. 

"All library carpeting was contaminated by floodwater and had to be disposed of, along with a large volume of water-damaged items. 

"All book stock had to be checked for water damage.

"Recent moisture testing shows that the underlying concrete floor has still not yet dried out enough to replace the flooring. Industrial dehumidifiers are in use to rectify this."

The next steps of the process to get the library reopened will now involve restoration of the heating system and mains power sockets. 

Then when these systems have been fully restored, there will be a full safety inspection of all electrical circuits, bosses said.

All electrical equipment must then be safety-tested. Wi-Fi and broadband connectivity will then need to be restored. Some minor painting and redecorating will also be required.

Library staff will then be able to lay out our book shelving, desks and computers into position ready for reopening.

The spokesperson added: "We will announce dates as the timeline develops. Thank you for your patience."

The organisation has also confirmed that no one will be fined for overdue books that they've not been able to return during this period and that if any fines are showing on anyone's account they will be removed.