Council officials have given the thumbs-up to a community bid to run a library threatened with closure on a voluntary basis.
Lincolnshire County Council has approved the business plan put forward by the Friends of Deepings Library group.
The library in High Street, Market Deeping, was one of 32 that lost its council funding in December. The council said it could not afford to run the libraries any more and asked volunteers to do the job instead. The council said it had to save £2m from its annual £6m libraries budget.
Ashley Baxter, who co-ordinated the business plan for the Friends of Deepings Library, said: “The county council chose deliberately to leave us with no option but to recruit volunteers to run the library.
“After six months, endless e-mails and four formal submissions, they have finally accepted our business plan proposals.
“We must now wait and see whether they keep their side of the bargain which is a promise to bring the building into a fit state of repair suitable for a functional community library.”
The group will have to wait to take on the library until a judicial review into the council’s decision to withdraw funding is complete.
The Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaign group, led by Lincoln resident Simon Draper, will take its case to the High Court on Tuesday.
The county council’s executive member for libraries Nick Worth (Con) said: “Clearly a lot of work has gone into these proposals, and I’d like to thank the volunteers for their ongoing efforts.
“They now have a strong business plan in place, which, together with the financial and professional support from the council, should ensure the long-term future of library services in the town.
“We now need to await the outcome of the judicial review, but in the meantime we’ll continue to work with the group to develop their plans as far as possible.”