IT MAY be a bank holiday on Monday but that will not stop two of East Lothian’s libraries reopening.

Libraries in East Lothian’s six towns are the only ones scheduled to reopen at this stage.

Both Haddington and Musselburgh libraries are gearing up to open for the first time this year and are the first branches in the county to do so.

Both open at 10am on Monday and customers will be allowed to enter the buildings on a strict quota system. They will also be asked to follow a one-way route around the library.

They will both be open Mondays-Fridays, 10am-1pm and 2-4.30pm.

Haddington Library is found within the John Gray Centre.

From next Monday (May 10), Prestonpans and Dunbar libraries will re-open with similar arrangements in place. A limited number of people will be allowed in the buildings at any one time and a one-way route will be in place at both venues.

Dunbar Library will be open Mondays-Fridays, 10am-1pm and 2-4pm.

Prestonpans Library will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, also 10am-1pm and 2-4pm.

The following week is when North Berwick and Tranent libraries will reopen, on May 17.

North Berwick Library will be open Mondays-Fridays, 10am-1pm and 2-4pm.

Tranent Library will be open Mondays-Thursdays, also10am-1pm and 2-4pm.

It has not yet been announced when libraries in villages in East Lothian will reopen.

Sharon Saunders, head of community services at East Lothian Council, said: “A lot of preparation work has been required to ensure the safe reopening of our public libraries for both staff and customers, and we’re delighted that our branches are able to welcome people back.

“East Lothian Council has previously enjoyed support from both Midlothian and Scottish Borders Councils for use of mobile library services in some of our rural communities across the county and we hope to shortly confirm when these will be available to residents in Ormiston, Whitecraig, Macmerry, Gifford, Pencaitland, East Saltoun and Humbie.”