This article was published on January 14, 2016 and information contained within may now be out of date.
Library users in Spilsby are able to borrow books and pick up some shopping after the library was re-opened as a community library in the town’s Co-op Food Store, which officially opened today at 2.30pm.
The library, which was previously located on West End in the town, closed late last year after Lincolnshire County Council announced they were handing over the responsibility of running a number of libraries to the community.
An area of the store which was previously used as warehouse space has been transformed into the library. Facilities include a self-service machine, a stock of thousands of books including fiction, non-fiction and large print titles, a children’s section, a seating area and two People’s Network computers.
Libraries are important to our members and their communities so we’re proud to do our bit to help sustain such services in Lincolnshire with the three facilities we run.Ursula Lidbetter, Chief Executive
Chief Executive Ursula Lidbetter said: “Education and access to information has been part of our ethos since we started out back in 1861. In fact, we opened Lincoln’s first reading room before there was a municipal library in the city.
“Libraries are important to our members and their communities so we’re proud to do our bit to help sustain such services in Lincolnshire with the three facilities we run.”
The new library will be open between 9am and 5pm during the week and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays, with users able to use the self-service facilities provided.
A team of volunteers will support the library at various times during the week. If they need help, library users can call a dedicated helpline to Lincolnshire County Council’s customer services team if volunteers aren’t available.
The Lincolnshire Co-op also runs two other community libraries elsewhere in the County – in Holbeach and Waddington.
Lincolnshire Co-op is working with Linkage on the project and some of the library volunteers will be staff and clients from the organisation. Linkage provides high-quality specialist education, care and employment services for people with learning disabilities, and have bases at Toynton All Saints and Candlesby.
More photographs from the opening can be found in our news gallery.