Lincolnshire libraries enter new chapter in different hands

Coun Nick Worth, executive member for libraries at LCC.
Coun Nick Worth, executive member for libraries at LCC.
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Libraries in Spalding, Long Sutton and Bourne have turned over a new leaf after coming under new management on Monday.

The running of 15 libraries in Lincolnshire has been handed over to Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), a not-for-profit organisation managing more than leisure, health and community facilities in London, the south east and north west of England.

GLL will also run the county’s online library services and provide support for those unable to reach their nearest library because of disability, age or ill-health.

Coun Nick Worth, executive member for libraries at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “It is great to have GLL on board and I am confident that, together, we can both improve our library services and deliver significant savings.

“Nowadays, libraries are about much more than just books so we want to be sure that our libraries stay at the heart of their communities.

“But to do that, they need to change with the times so we will be working with GLL to make sure our libraries continue to provide the right range of services and bring a few new customers through the door in the process.”

Libraries are about much more than just books so we want to be sure that our libraries stay at the heart of their communities

Coun Nick Worth, executive member for libraries at Lincolnshire County Council

Peter Bundey, deputy managing director for GLL, said: “We are the UK’s largest leisure, charitable and social enterprise, with extensive experience of providing high-quality library services, boosting library visits and book loans.

“We are excited about managing libraries across Lincolnshire developing services to meet the interest and needs of local communities.

“GLL ise looking forward to working with LCC across the service, covering 15 libraries and supporting over 30 community hub locations.

“These are exciting times as we aim to attract and welcome readers of all ages.”

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