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Home Library service

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

Following advice from the government regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have started reopening our libraries, see the latest Library service information

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The Home Library Service is provided to customers who, for a variety of reasons, cannot use the conventional library service. These customers may be living in their own homes, or living in sheltered housing provided by either the local authority or a private housing association.

Who the Home Library Service is for

The Home Library Service can help those who are housebound and are unable:

  • to leave the home
  • travel to the library
  • carry materials to or from the library

The Home Library Service serves those who experience a combination of the above criteria and may include:

  • those who are so elderly and frail or infirm that it prevents them using a service point
  • those with physical difficulties
  • those with sensory disabilities, especially severe visual impairment
  • those with profound or severe learning difficulties
  • those with certain mental health problems which make it difficult to leave the home
  • those suffering from long term illness
  • those who are culturally isolated in the home
  • carers who are unable to leave the home for any length of time

The need may be long, seasonal (illness or disability worsened by bad weather conditions) or temporary (following a severe accident or recuperating from a serious illness.)

Home Library Service for people who are housebound and living at home or in sheltered accommodation (free of charge)

This service for customers who are housebound and living at home or in sheltered accommodation is delivered by Royal Voluntary Service volunteers who are commissioned by the library service. The RVS volunteers will assess whether the service criteria are met, and the individual reading needs. They will deliver books, fiction and non-fiction, and talking books to you on a regular basis. In addition, the library's wide range of virtual resources are also available the individuals with computers, tablets, or e-readers. These e resources include magazines, books, and audio books.

For more details, contact the Royal Voluntary Service and a member of staff will call to see if we can help you use the library service.

Royal Voluntary Service


Tel: 01305 236666

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