The future of Spilsby Library is unclear and could close as major changes are being proposed for Lincolnshire’s library services in a bid to save £2m from the county council’s budget.
The overall number of static libraries provided by the Council would fall from 47 to 15. However, the Council said it wants to maintain libraries by encouraging rural communities, including Spilsby, to take over some services.
The County Council have stated that a full consultation on the proposals will take place from early July until the end of September.
Under the proposals, 10 core libraries would be created that would be open up to 50 hours a week.
The 10 “Tier 1” libraries would be located in Lincoln, Grantham, Boston, Spalding, Gainsborough, Stamford, Skegness, Louth, Sleaford, and Mablethorpe. “Tier 2” libraries would be located in Bourne, Market Rasen, Horncastle, Long Sutton and Woodhall Spa. This would leave Spilsby library, as a “Tier 3” library, with an option of being run by the community or being served by an improved mobile library service.
The Council has stated that to encourage more locally-run libraries, communities would be offered £5,167 a year to help them to operate a library, plus up to 4,000 books and a single payment of £15,000 for building works or equipment.