Council chiefs are unable to confirm a date when libraries and museums to reopen with residents being offered online cultural services instead over the Summer.

Staff from libraries, museums, ranger service were among those redeployed to work in the emergency childcare and community hubs during the COVID-19 crisis.

Despite the lockdown slowly easing across other areas, North Ayrshire Council announced these workers are expected to remain redeployed for some time and libraries and museums unable to re-open at the moment.

During this time, residents will continue to have access to an extensive digital library service offering ebooks, audio books, music, magazines and newly introduced community activities such as Bookbug session and author talks.

And a new ‘Click and Collect’ service is also being developed and expected to launch later this month – which will allow residents to order and pick up a selection of their favourite books.

Cllr Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Participatory Democracy, said: “The decision to keep our libraries and cultural services closed was one that was not taken lightly, but was taken out of necessity.

“While we cannot confirm a date as to when our libraries and cultural services will reopen to the public, we will keep this under constant review.

“In the meantime, we have a fantastic digital offering available, free of charge, and an exciting new ‘Click and Collect’ service on the way – look out for more information on this shortly.”

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