The management of 15 Lincolnshire libraries, including Gainsborough, has been taken over by not-for-profit organisation, Greenwich Leisure Limited.
Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) will also handle the county’s online library services and specialist support for those unable to reach their nearest library because of, for instance, disability, age or ill-health.
Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “It’s great to have GLL on board, and I’m confident that, together, we can both improve our library services and deliver significant savings.
“Nowadays, libraries are about much more than just books.
“We want to be sure our libraries stay at the heart of their community, and, to do that, they need to change with the times.
“So we’ll be working with GLL to make sure our libraries continue to provide the right range of services, the services people need, hopefully bringing a few new customers through the door in the process.”
Deputy Managing Director for GLL, Peter Bundey, said: “GLL is the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise with extensive experience in providing high quality library services and boosting library visits and book loans.
“We are excited about managing libraries across Lincolnshire developing services to meet the interest and needs of local communities.
“GLL are looking forward to working with Lincs County Council across the service, covering 15 libraries and supporting more than 30 community hub locations.
“These are exciting times, as we aim to increase library footfall and attract and welcome readers of all ages.”