PEOPLE are being encouraged to donate money to Stamford library to help it buy more books.
Lincolnshire County Council has installed a collection box in the foyer of the library in High Street to try to drum up some extra funds.
The box is part of a trial to see if borrowers are willing to support their library financially.
The money raised will contribute towards its book-buying fund, although current funding is not being cut.
The council’s network manager Gary Porter said: “We already buy hundreds of new titles each year for the library.
“The donation box allows people to make a voluntary contribution, which will supplement the library’s existing book fund.
“The more we collect, the more books we can buy. It’s only at the library on a trial basis. If it proves to be a success we may consider making it a permanent feature.”
Any new books bought with the money will belong to the library, although they will be available to borrowers throughout the county.
Stamford library currently receives about £200,000 a year from the county council. This amount has not been affected by recent budget cuts.
There is no time limit yet on the donation trial.
Last year the library was visited 236,322 times, which is more than 755 a day. The library has 13,827 registered borrowers.
Last month town and parish councils in Rutland refused a request from Rutland County Council to help cover the cost of opening libraries or to provide volunteers to help man them. As a result Rutland County Council cut evening and weekend opening hours at libraries in Uppingham, Oakham, Ryhall and Ketton.
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