It looks like the council are going back to their ORIGINAL, universally-hated, High Court quashed, volunteer expoliting, staff sacking plan. In our view, this means the slow death of Lincolnshire’s library service, and gives other councils a road map for what they can ‘get away with’ when it comes to libraries. Read our latest response here:


LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS IN CRISIS The volunteers the council is replying on for this plan are already in crisis. No group is taking on their library willingly and several have already withdraw plans, we’ve collated many community group comments and are seeking more, read here: http://savelincslibraries.org.uk/volunteer-crisis/

The council proposal can be viewed here.


“When this legal challenge was launched we called on Lincolnshire County Council to think again, and seriously re-consider the cuts they had proposed. They ignored my client, dismissed his claims that the consultation was flawed, and ignored the fact that the cuts could be avoided. The Court has listened and ruled that Lincolnshire County Council’s proposals, which would have decimated the library service and cost hundreds of jobs, were wrong as a matter of law.” Paul Heron, Solicitor, Public Interest Lawyers. 

Our blog post on the outcome Win on Two Counts! 

Blog post from Public Interest Lawyers High Court Quashes Decision

Report from The Library Campaign on the outcome LINCS LIBRARY RESCUE COULD SAVE LIBRARIES NATIONWIDE

Report in Public Libraries News (including links to media coverage): Lincolnshire Council Loses Judicial Review

Download the full judgement here: http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk//Download/71574

More on our campaign:

1) Quick link to our donation page, we need £7500 for our legal fund. Donation Page Link

2) Inside the Judicial Review, July 2014. We have two reports from people who were in the high court during the review. Click here our campaigner’s report, and click here for the report of the chair of The Library Campaign.

3) Click here to read The Save Lincolnshire Libraries Story so Far…

4)  Our growing page of angry comments from communities forced into the volunteer library route http://savelincslibraries.org.uk/2014/02/10/community-groups-give-real-reason-for-saving-libraries/

5) #Lobby4Libraries – read about our day in Westminster and visit to No 10 Downing Street.

6) FULL JUDICIAL REVIEW TO GO AHEAD Lincolnshire: Full Judicial Review of Library Service to go ahead The judge did not restrict the grounds of challenge, and therefore the 4 grounds will be considered by the High Court when the case is heard.

7) LETTER TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE A former Assistant Director at Lincolnshire County Council has written to The Rt. Hon Maria Miller MP, former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to formally request that she intervene and order an urgent inquiry into the changes being made by the County Council to the Lincolnshire library service. Update, letter now sent to Sajid Javid, Maria Miller’s replacement.

8) Click here to read about the day when Helen Goodman MP (Shadow Minister for Libraries) visited campaigners at Ermine Library, 15 April.

9) Click here to read extensive press coverage of our #BigLibraryMarch in September 2013 

10) The Consultation – Click here to open the full PDF of the consultation report where people completely condemn the council’s plans and their consultation: SHU-Libraries-Consultation-Final-Report-31-October-2013 (2).  Click here to read: Our response to the consultation findings


How you can help

The library cuts in Lincolnshire have national implications (read this independent summary here: Lincolnshire Council’s consultation gets into further hot water … and has national implications), so we invite anyone who cares about public libraries in the UK to support us.

Follow us on Twitter @savelincslibs, Tweet your support and we will RT!

If you have more time and a blog, please write a blog post on your support of our campaign and Tweet us the link, again we will share this widely.

You can also share images from our Pinterest board here, or join our Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/savelincslibraries

The nine executive members who made this decision are:

Martin Hill (Cons), click this link for contact details

Patricia Bradwell (Cons), click here for contact details

Colin Davie (Cons), click here for contact details

Peter Robinson (Cons), click here for contact details

Richard Davies (Cons), click here for contact details

Sue Woolley (Cons), click here for contact details

Barry Young (Cons), click here for contact details

Nick Worth (Cons), click here for contact details

Reg Shore (Lib Dem), click here for contact details

Also worth contacting is Jonathan Platt, Head of Libraries and Heritage at Lincolnshire County Council. His email is jonathan.platt@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Click these links to

SIGN the county-wide petition against the proposals and add your comment to the 900!

Click here to Contact us

TELL THE GROUP OF ANY local meetings, events or campaigns – email info@savelincslibraries.org.uk



27 thoughts on “Home

  1. An essential service for the education & well-being of the elderly & disabled who need help with the internet in an increasingly technical world

  2. I would like to see the group take on the County Council by setting up a proper consultation, county wide, on how library provision can keep pace with chnaging times. I have suggested this already to leading councillors, with no reply. The consultation would look at libraries’ roles in Education, Lifelong learning, the Economy, Community welfare, and othe r underpinning requirements for civilisation.
    Maurice Nauta

  3. The “Consultation” document makes it fairly clear that LCC intend to press forward with their changes regardless of public opinion. There is no option for “Leave as is”. They are merely asking the turkeys to vote for a roasting on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Democracy in action ? Hardly.

  4. My children use the local library regularly & love going in weekly to change their books. It isn’t just about books. They offer internet facilities, photocopying & printing and have story days for the young ones. Villages need a library!

  5. The library is an essential part of a community. It is a meeting place for local groups, an information centre, where you can find what you need and order very old books and papers, a place for quiet recreation browsing books and magazines, and getting the latest books to read, a place for education for all ages, from babies to OAPs and so on, it is a centre point for the community. The central library takes about an hour to get there by bus from Birchwood and is a good walk from the bus station. In the evening there is little public transport. There is no car parking by the library and the nearest car park is nearly always very full and difficult to park in – and expensive. Birchwood library serves a community of at least 80,000 homes, a number of special homes for the elderly and disabled, several schools and two council housing estates. Go into into the library at any time and there are always people there, groups meeting, people using the wifi, children on the computers doing their homework, etc.

  6. To my son, the library is how he sees the world from different views. Please keep the library alive in our community!

  7. The library for me is a life line it is my only contact with the outside world illness makes it impossible for me to go anywhere much or do anything the library is all I have .

  8. I’m pretty pleased. The libraries don’t do anyhting well, at great expense in buildings maintenance, wages, cleaning etc.. Carefully chosen censored books, dvd’s; shite computers full of malware and security flaws so the local village idjits can rock back and forth to pretty colors…staffed by uber nazis that need to stop reading black lace and eating chocolate, and get back behind an ironing board.
    Bah, lets have bookshops, hmv’s, bloxkbusters, internet cafe’s, creches, tourist shops….You’ll be glad they’re gone.

  9. In 2009 after visiting your library you put me on a track fo searching via the military for Harry Brown your WW1 hero that died 2 Jul 1917. My grand aunt was his wife Margaret Hindson Brown nee Evans. Without your local history and your library staff, people from overseas would not get the information that they may seek. I have a tie to Alford with my relatives having lived there. A lovey market town. All the best we do need libraries around the world. Regards Judi

  10. What you forget is that the cuts HAVE been made, the jobs HAVE been lost and the staff HAVE moved on to other jobs. You cannot turn back the clock. I like the new library service. Congratulations on creating another two years of uncertainty and job insecurity for the 180 staff in Lincolnshire libraries. That is after the first two years of job insecurity.

  11. If you want to know what your library service will be like under GLL look no further than Greenwich Libraries. On strike currently , fighting for more staffing. GLL favour zero hour contracts and as people leave they will not be replaced. The analogy fur coat no knickers comes to mind!!! Very shiny on the outside , very corporate! Lots of new events etc but not enough staff. Staff coming in on their days off to cover. Zero hour contract staff relied upon to keep the service running. GLL may take over your service but beware after a couple of years the strain will show. If you want to know more contact Onay Kasab at UNITE. onay.kasab@unitetheunion.org

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