New library opening hours

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New opening hours will come into force at local libraries from next week, as well as a new schedule for mobile library services.

The changes come as Lincolnshire County Council works towards creating a new-look library service that “offers better value for money and is more tailored to local needs”.

Negotiations are continuing with a number of groups interested in setting up their own community hub, including a library service, as well as seven areas wishing to create brand new facilities.

Counr Nick Worth, executive member for libraries, said: “We wanted to give volunteers enough time to lay firm foundations for the future.

“So, we agreed to run the libraries at these locations at reduced hours, until they are ready to develop their own community hub.

“Our existing community-run libraries, such as Saxilby and Waddington, have seen a great increase in opening hours, thanks to the efforts of volunteers.

“We hope to have all the new hubs, with their library offer, up and running by the end of March next year.”

As well as retaining 15 core libraries in key locations, the council will continue to provide free access to online services, including e-books, e-audio and e-magazines, the home library service, Listening Lincs and Bookstart.

The larger mobile libraries will also continue to stop at more than 220 communities across Lincolnshire.

Coun Worth added: “One thing that was clear from the consultation last year was that rural communities valued their mobile services, and more than 100 additional stops were retained in our revised proposals.”

Details can now be found online at , by calling 01522 782010 or by visiting your local library.