Three private firms put forward to run Lincolnshire’s library services

Protesters are still fighting to save their libraries outside Lincolnshire County Council's offices in Lincoln. Photo: Ros Jackson. EMN-150127-163445001
Protesters are still fighting to save their libraries outside Lincolnshire County Council's offices in Lincoln. Photo: Ros Jackson. EMN-150127-163445001

Three organisations are in the running to take on the running of Lincolnshire’s library services.

The county council is currently looking for an external organisation to potentially deliver library services on its behalf.

Six initial applications were received last month, and, following assessment, three organisations have now been invited to submit a detailed bid.

They are; Greenwich Leisure Limited, Vision and Vivacity.

Coun Nick Worth, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “The successful bidder will be responsible for providing the new-look service approved by the council’s Executive earlier this year.

“In the meantime, we’ll continue to implement our plans to create that new-look library service, working with local groups to develop the network of community hubs over the next few months.

“Supported by the council, the hubs offer a great opportunity to combine library and other services under one roof, as we’ve achieved in Caistor and Saxilby.

“We’ll do so in the firm belief that our plans are good for taxpayers, good for library users and good for local communities.”

A final decision is expected to be made at the end of the year.