Home library service

We deliver books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs and information to the homes of people who find it difficult to get to their local library.

Teams of volunteers deliver the books once a fortnight. You can also arrange for your own volunteer to collect your books from the library, or we can choose books to suit your tastes and keep them ready for collection.

You may be eligible for the free home delivery service if you cannot visit the library 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.

Items that can be delivered

Most items you would borrow from a library can be delivered, including:

  • books and audiobooks;
  • music CDs;
  • DVDs;
  • large print books;
  • children's books; and
  • information.

How the service works

Once you have expressed an interest, a volunteer or staff member will visit you at home and:

  • help you join the library if you are not already a member; 
  • discuss authors and genres you like or dislike;
  • ask if you prefer ordinary print, large print or audiobooks; and 
  • draw up a detailed reader profile, which we will use to choose books matching your interests.

Books will be delivered to you every two weeks on an agreed day, either morning or afternoon. You can keep the books as long as you need and there are no fines or overdue charges. You can also ask your volunteers for specific titles or authors.

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

How to join the home library service

You can email libraries@northyorks.gov.uk, phone us on 01609 533800 or contact your local library to join. You may use the service on a temporary basis, such as only in winter or when recovering from an illness or operation.

Volunteering for the home library service

We are looking for volunteers to help deliver books and information to people using our home library service. See our library volunteers page for more details.