The phased reopening of Somerset’s libraries is continuing next week with a collection service introduced from even more buildings.

Library buildings in Bridgwater, Minehead, Yeovil and Frome will open for the order-and-collect service from Monday July, 13 with members able to choose up to 10 books for collection.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, said: “We are delighted to extend the phased re-opening of our libraries and staff have been busy ensuring that we minimise risk for staff and customers.

"Although browsing of shelves is not yet possible, we are continuing to develop our digital offer, with further investment in e-resources including books, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers, all available to download free of charge to library members."

Customers can use a Reading Request form and receive a selection of hand-picked books, DVDs or talking books, based on the types of authors or genres that are of interest to them.

The order-and-collect service enables customers to request library books either by email, website or telephone, and the selection of books, talking books, and DVDs will be available for collection at a convenient time for people to pick up.

No hire charges or overdue charges will be applied.

Internet access will be available in libraries that are open, but it will be primarily for users who don't have home internet access and require essential services.

Computers will need to be pre-booked and will be available for one-hour slots.

It is hoped that all Somerset libraries, with the possible exception of a few community-managed libraries, will be open again by mid-August.