Lincolnshire’s libraries consultation enters final weeks

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There is now just over a month left for people to have their say on the future of Lincolnshire’s libraries.

The county council is currently asking people for their views on the best shape for library services in the county due to the declining usage and the need to save £2million.

Councillor Nick Worth, executive member for libraries, said: “So far, we’ve received around 2,500 questionnaires, as well as 350 individual letters and emails. We’ve had eight consultation events around the county, attended by around 220 people, and there have been more than 5,000 visits to our consultation webpages”.

He continued: “A range of views have been offered on the initial proposals. Some people would like to see libraries become multi-use buildings, incorporating other services such as cafes and heritage centres. Others have suggested ways of raising income or extending the choice of services on offer. Another key theme is the right balance between council-run libraries, community libraries and mobile libraries.

“All these comments will be taken into consideration in making a final decision on how best to create a more efficient, more affordable library service that meets local needs. We want to hear everyone’s views”.

The council has been contacted by 21 communities interested in taking over their local library and have received an offer from Lincolnshire Co-operative to support six sites.

There are plenty of way for people to have their say before the consultation ends on September 30; Questionnaires are available on the website (www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/librariesconsultation) and hard copies are available in local libraries, or you can call the customer service center on 01522 782010.