Lincolnshire

Market Deeping's volunteer-run library opens

People in the library Image copyright Andrew Bowell
Image caption The library is expected to open three days a week to start with

A refurbished volunteer-run library has officially opened following the loss of council funding due to budget cuts.

Deeping Library in High Street, Market Deeping, was saved from closure after Lincolnshire County Council withdrew funding.

It is to have one paid librarian along with a team of volunteers working on rota.

Andrew Bowell, from Friends of Deeping Library, said the "entire community got behind the campaign".

The library is expected to open for three days a week at first, but the group hopes to extend that to six, said Mr Bowell.

"A library is a bedrock of civilisation," he said.

Lincolnshire County Council voted in 2015 to hand over 30 libraries to volunteers in order to save about £2m.

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