A library and community hub in Lincoln that has been closed since the first lockdown could soon reopen under new plans.
The Ermine Library and Community Hub closed in March 2020 as many of its volunteers were vulnerable to Covid.
It had been run by Greenwich Leisure since 2017 but talks are now under way for the library to be taken over by Bishop Grosseteste University.
Lincolnshire County Council library and heritage client lead Louise Egan said the need to keep community hubs open had been made even clearer through the pandemic.
However, while other community hubs have opened their doors once again, Ermine Library has been forced to stay shut as Greenwich Leisure had to redeploy its staff to other “core sites”.
Now, a deal for Bishop Grosseteste University to take over the running of the library is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.
Cllr Egan said: “Covid has shown that these sites are relied upon by our community and it has been highlighted how much they have been missed by the community and users.
“They were probably hit the hardest because many volunteers are vulnerable.
“Since reopening they have gone from strength to strength.
“All the sites have appreciated the support they have received and a lot of customers were pleased when we were able to offer the services again.”
Cllr Egan made the comments during a meeting of the public protection and communities scrutiny committee on Tuesday.
St Giles Conservative councillor Nicola Clarke asked Cllr Egan if another library could be opened in her ward.
Councillors were told there was “space” for four more community hubs to be brought in as part of the service with Heckington Conservative councillor Andrew Key indicating he would be taking the idea to one of his parish councils.
Community hubs were brought in as a new way of delivering Lincolnshire’s libraries in 2016.
Most councillors at the meeting were complimentary of the service, with Conservative Spalding Elloe councillor Elizabeth Sneath saying one in her area had “become a shining site in our community”.
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