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Council chiefs in Lincolnshire have approved plans for up to 40 smaller libraries across the county to be run by their local communities - in a move designed to save £2 million pounds a year.
The decision comes after a series of protests against controversial plans by the County Council to close some libraries.
Four petitions with more than 20,000 signatures were handed in to the council opposing the closures.
The council will continue to run 15 larger libraries in central locations across the county.
Councillors in Lincolnshire have approved plans to close 30 of the county's libraries.
They need to save around £2 million, and axe dozens of jobs.
At a council meeting last month Lincolnshire Council voted to close 30 of its libraries with the loss of dozens of jobs.
They said they needed to find £2million pounds worth of savings.
A final decision over the future of libraries in Lincolnshire is expected to be announced later. 30 libraries are earmarked for closure as the county council tries to save money.