EXCERCISE for both the body and the brain is now easily accessible under one roof in Bromyard.

The Halo team – with support from professional librarians and staff from Herefordshire library service – will now be handling the issuing and return of all library stock at the Bromyard Centre.

It means residents can access the library between 7am and 9pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, between 9am and 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday and from 9am to 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.

John McLaurin, Halo Bromyard Centre Manager said: "This means that when the centre is open the library is open. Local people will have access to their local library for 74 hours a week, more than trebling the previous opening hours."

Cllr Harry Bramer, Cabinet member for contracts and assets, added that the 'holistic approach' to leisure and cultural services shows it is not only important to exercise the body but also the brain and both can now be done in Bromyard.