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Libraries - home library service

The home library service offers free access to books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, large print books, children's books and information for people who find it difficult to get to their local library. Teams of volunteers deliver the books once a fortnight, or you can arrange for your own volunteer to collect your books from the library. We can choose books to suit your tastes, just like the home delivery service, and keep them ready for collection.

You may be eligible for the free home delivery service if you are unable to get to the library yourself or carry books because of ill health or disability, or if you are a carer. We deliver to people who live in residential and nursing homes, too.

How to join the home library service

Phone or email us using the details below or contact your local library. You may use the service on a temporary basis, for example, only in winter, or when recovering from an illness or operation.

All our visiting staff and volunteers have been checked by the disclosure and barring service.

How the service works

Once you have expressed an interest, a member of staff will visit you at home. They will discuss authors and genres you like or dislike and whether you prefer ordinary print, large print or audiobooks on tape or CD. They will then draw up a detailed reader profile and, if you are not already a library member, will look after that for you, too. From then on, we will use the list to choose books to suit your tastes. The books will be delivered to you on an agreed day, either morning or afternoon, every two weeks. You can keep the books as long as you need to and there are no fines or overdue charges. You can also make free requests for specific titles or authors, through your volunteers.

Volunteering for the home library service

Contact us for information about where volunteers are needed. You need to be available to deliver the books on a set weekday for about two hours. We also need volunteers to help organise the delivery rotas. For more details, see our library volunteers page.

This page was last updated on 21 November 2013