Printed Date: 23/04/2018

Lincoln Library Reading Garden Opens

Lincolnshire Library Reading Garden

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” – Cicero.

GLL have wasted no time in getting Lincoln Library ready for summer – opening a Reading Garden at the flagship city centre library.

The charitable social enterprise took over the management of Lincolnshire's 15 major libraries this month on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council.

The tranquil spot will allow readers of all ages to take books or papers into the open air and enjoy their favourite read in the sunshine – providing another way to enjoy the library.  

Little ones attending storytime and events can use the chalk boards and giant snakes and ladders to extend their library visit.

The large paved space features aromatic plants to attract butterflies, insects and birds – including fruit trees, lavender, rosemary, sage and thyme.

The revamped courtyard garden with its flora and fauna will enhance the wellbeing of library users who can relax, breathe in the fresh air and boost their Vitamin D at the same time.

Café-style tables and chairs complete the informal look – visitors are welcome to bring in their own refreshments.

Diana Edmonds, Head of Libraries at GLL said:

“Our Reading Garden in Lincoln is the first of several developments designed to make Lincolnshire Libraries even more attractive and welcoming to visitors this summer.

“Where we manage libraries in other parts of the country, we have increased visitor numbers and book loans – so we are looking forward to doing the same in Lincolnshire.”

Forthcoming improvements include a Children’s Garden Trail in the summer and a James and the Giant Peach activity as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Cllr Nick Worth, Executive Member for Libraries for Lincolnshire County Council, said:

"The Reading Garden is a fantastic addition to the library – and it's arrived just in time for what will hopefully be a dry summer!

"This kind of development underlines how our libraries are getting better and better, thanks to the involvement of GLL and local community groups.

"So if you haven't paid us a visit in a while, make sure you pop in to find out what's on offer."