MORE libraries and museums to reopen during May as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

From May 4, Cheshire West and Chester Council will be reopening libraries at Barnton and Weaverham, among others across the borough.

The libraries will be operating on temporary hours for browsing and public computer access.

Some libraries have been open since April 12 and more than 8,000 people visited in the first week alone. These libraries will continue operating at their existing opening hours.

A temporary order and collect service is still available at Northwich and Winsford libraries, but will be reviewed in the coming weeks.

From May 10, Sandiway and Wharton libraries will also reopen, again on temporary hours.

West Cheshire Museums will be re-opening the week of May 17, however the outdoor areas at Lion Salt Works is now open.

The council’s director of environment and communities, Maria Byrne, said: “I’m sure many residents will be pleased that as lockdown eases we are now able to reopen more of our libraries and museums.

“When visiting please continue to follow current coronavirus guidance to help keep everyone safe. All spaces are cleaned on a regular basis. Visitors are required to wear face coverings (unless exempt), register for Test and Trace at each site and adhere to social distancing guidelines."

All current library loans have been extended until May 17. Normal loan periods and charges will return after this date, but libraries are also now fine-free for the under 13s.

Children aged 0 to 12 years will no longer be charged for any overdue items and any pre-existing late charges will be removed from their accounts. Holds will be resumed at libraries, as they reopen.

For further information and details of library opening hours visit