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Proposed consultation for Lincolnshire library service

The library service needs to change if it is to remain affordable and efficient

Despite the need for change, the council’s ambition is to keep all of Lincolnshire’s libraries open. However, this is only going to work with the support of our local communities.

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Successful changes have already been made at a number of individual libraries, such as Saxilby and Waddington, offering an improved service that is better tailored to local needs.

However, more has to be done. With that in mind, it is proposed that local people be consulted on the best way forward.

The initial proposal is that there continue to be 15 council-staffed libraries, namely:

Tier 1 (open 50 hours per week)

  • Boston
  • Gainsborough
  • Grantham
  • Lincoln
  • Louth
  • Mablethorpe
  • Skegness
  • Sleaford
  • Spalding
  • Stamford

Tier 2 (open at least 25 hours per week)

  • Bourne
  • Market Rasen
  • Horncastle
  • Long Sutton
  • Woodhall Spa

Under the proposals, local communities would be given the opportunity to take over the remaining libraries or create their own, with professional support from the council.

This proposal will be discussed by the council’s executive members on Tuesday 2 July. Prior to this, the matter will be debated by the Communities and Public Safety Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday 26 June.

The relevant committee papers can be found below:

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Last updated: 2 July 2013

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