320 books borrowed in first week at new Holbeach library

Stuart Parker and Coun Nick Worth at 
Holbeach Library
Stuart Parker and Coun Nick Worth at Holbeach Library
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Holbeach library’s new home in Fleet Street has been a hit with locals.

During its first week the library had 388 visitors with 320 books issued and 26 new members.

It’s one of 51 libraries in Lincolnshire, 36 of which are community hubs led by volunteers with the support of GLL, the council’s library provider. There’s 818 volunteers signed up to work at the community hubs, 22 of which are at the new Holbeach facility.

Coun Nick Worth, executive councillor for libraries, attended the official opening celebrations on Wednesday.

He said: “This is a wonderful facility for local people in Holbeach. The joy of the hubs is that they’re all different and respond to the needs of their local community.

“Our library service is bigger than it was in 2012 and communities are enjoying the benefits.”

Ursula Lidbetter, chief executive of Lincolnshire Co-op, added: “We share our profits with our members and their communities. One of the ways we do this is through investing in our services and sustaining vital community facilities, such as post offices and libraries.

“Creating this convenient hub is a great way to serve our loyal customers and members in Holbeach.”

Diana Edmonds, head of libraries for GLL, said: “GLL is a successful social enterprise with a strong track record of investing in public facilities and services for the community. We are delighted to partner with Lincolnshire Co-op and Lincolnshire County Council in the development of this new library facility.”

• Do you like the new community hub? Email your letters to jeremy.ransome@iliffepublishing.co.uk