Books to the door for those who can’t go to the library

This story was published 21 July 2021

Book lovers in the Northallerton area who are unable or not yet ready to return to the library following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions can have books delivered.

Home library service bags

The volunteers of the home library service offer a regular doorstep delivery of books or audio books. The service is for people who, perhaps because of ill health or a disability, find it difficult to get to the library or to carry books.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “Libraries across the county are now open and are safe, but we understand that some people are either not able or not yet ready to venture out and may be missing books to read or listen to.”

In the home library service, books are chosen to suit the reader’s tastes and any requirements, such as large print or audio books. A monthly delivery by a volunteer is arranged. Books will be delivered to the customer’s home or left in a secure place, then collected when the next selection of books is delivered.   

Alternatively, books can be chosen and a friend or relative can collect and return them. For one-off collections, the Select and Collect service introduced during the first lockdown is still available.

To find out more, contact Northallerton library on 01609 533832 or at Northallerton.Library@northyorks.gov.uk or see the Northallerton library Facebook page.