Lincolnshire County Council revise libraries future

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Lincolnshire County Council has published new proposals for the future of the county’s library service following a public consultation.

Under the revised proposals Market Rasen library will be listed as one of the county’s five tier two facilities with opening hours of between 18 and 31 a week.

As well as these two facilities LCC has received an expression of interest from a community group regarding the future of Wragby library.

The library could be turned into a ‘community hub’ which would be run by the group that has expressed an interest.

Markt Rasen library has been listed as a tier two library through criteria including user base and rurality and isolation.

The other four libraries listed as tier two include Bourne, Long Sutton, Horncastle and Woodhall Spa.

Tier two facilities will include a book stock of at least 9,000, a minimum of five ‘people’s network’ computers, self service technology and printing, as well as including class visit opportunities for local schools.

Market Rasen’s opening hours will reduce from 28 to 25.

Opening times will be:

Monday Closed

Tuesday 10-5

Wednesday 10-6

Thursday Closed

Friday 10-6

Saturday 10-1

Executive member for libraries Coun Nick Worth said: “One thing that was clear from the consultation was that rural communities valued their mobile services, so 146 more mobile stops have been included in the revised proposals.

“So far, we’ve had expressions of interest for 24 existing libraries, as well as seven communities wanting to create brand new facilities.”

The total amount which would be saved by LCC as a result of these revised proposals would amount to £1,734,183.

This sees a reduction in the libraries budget from £6,085,955 to £4,351,772.

Under the revised proposals LCC will be spending more than £250,000 than under its initial plans.

The proposals will see a reduction in staffing of roughly 102 posts which amounts to 35.5 full-time equivalent staff members.