Council says Lincolnshire libraries take-over is a ‘win-win situation’

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The county council’s executive has approved plans to outsource Lincolnshire’s library services – a move it says will save hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The councillors today backed the officers’ recommendation to award a contract to Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), a not-for-profit organisation.

GLL will run the county’s 15 major libraries, including Grantham, along with online services and specialist support for those unable to reach their nearest library because of, for instance, disability, age or ill health.

GLL will also help support the library services delivered at around 30 community hubs that are being developed in partnership with local groups.

Coun Nick Worth, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “This really is a win-win situation. We’ve worked hard to get the best possible deal, and are confident that GLL can both improve our library services and deliver significant savings.

“In fact, we predict that, once the reduction in our property costs is taken into account, this move will save us a further £500,000 or so. And that’s on top of the £1.9m we’ve already saved by introducing a new way of delivering services.

“At the same time, we still look set to end up with more libraries than we started with. So it’s good news for taxpayers and good news for library users.”

GLL are due to begin delivering library services in the county in April 2016.