Three Lincoln libraries saved

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Three Lincoln libraries have been offered support to keep the sites open for the community after their operator, Learning Communities, ceased trading.

While the council looks for a long-term solution, Birchwood, Boultham and Ermine libraries will be run in the interim by the authority’s main library provider Greenwich Leisure Limited and the existing volunteers.

To allow for this initial transition to take place, the libraries will be temporarily closed, with the intention being for them to re-open from Monday 21 May under new opening hours.

Cllr Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture, said: “We were sorry to hear about the difficulties faced by Learning Communities. They’ve done a great job at Boultham, Birchwood and Ermine libraries over the last few years, and we really appreciate their efforts.

“We’re very grateful to Greenwich Leisure Limited and particularly the volunteers for stepping up and helping us to keep these libraries open while we look at the long-term options for moving forward.There will need to be a temporary, week-long closure to allow for this initial transition, but we hope to have the doors open again by Monday 21 May.”

In light of the temporary closure, the loan period on items that have been borrowed from the library has been automatically extended by three weeks.