THREE more libraries are set to throw open their doors in Trafford after lockdown.

Plans have been put in place to relaunch Partington, Stretford and Old Trafford libraries during August.

Altrincham, Sale and Urmston's sites were given the all-clear to restart limited services in July.

Partington will reopen on Friday, August 14, and be available Mondays and Fridays between 10am and 4pm.

Stretford Library is back on Tuesday, August 18, with Saturday and Tuesday openings, at the same times.

Similar opening hours are envisaged for Old Trafford Library, when it restarts from Wednesday, August 26. Plans are in place for Monday to Saturday openings there.

And it has been confirmed that the local studies area at Sale Library is now accessible, with the same 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday operational hours as the main library.

Borrowers at the three new libraries will be able to return books they had out and collect fresh ones using an order and collect service. The public computers will also be available by booking.

Research facilities will be on hand in the local studies area via e-mail and phone.

Cllr Liz Patel, the council's culture and leisure executive member, said: "Getting our libraries back open in Partington, Stretford and Old Trafford, along with local studies in Sale, is a big step in the right direction for residents.

"Our e-library service did an excellent job of plugging the gap for Trafford readers during lockdown, with an increase of 91 per cent in e-borrowing compared to last year. But it is great to see physical books back in circulation for adults and children to enjoy, and public computers available for use."

Council officials say reopening plans for Timperley, Hale, Coppice, Woodsend and Trafford Town Hall libraries remain under review.