Somerset County Council

Home Library Service


We work with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) to provide a Home Library Service. The service is available to anyone who is unable to visit their local library, specifically people who may be housebound, living in long term care, carers, or people who are vulnerable due to long term conditions or disabilities. The service is open to people of all ages.

The RVS will arrange for a volunteer to visit you to talk with you about what you like to read and they will agree appropriate times to visit you (usually fortnightly or monthly). The volunteer will then arrange to go to the library to choose your books and  deliver them to you. 

Volunteers can also support you to access ebooks through the LibrariesWest website. We can provide other items that may be of interest, such as talking books, DVDs, music CDs (there may be a small charge for these items). If you are blind, partially sighted, dyslexic, or unable to hold printed books, you can borrow talking books free of charge.

Royal Voluntary Service volunteers have been DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked and have given references. We work closely with the RVS to make sure that customers receive a good service. They will ask you to give them some basic information when you request the service to help the RVS match volunteers to support you.

If you would like to use this service, please fill in the form and hand it in at your local library, or you can contact your local library on 0300 123 2224, or you can email this form to

Good Neighbour Scheme

If you have a neighbour or a friend who is willing to visit the library for you, they can register as a 'good neighbour' and arrange to choose and collect your books for you.

If you would like more information about the Home Library Service or to find out how you can become a ‘Good Neighbour’ please contact your local library on 0300 123 2224.


Contact: Libraries Direct
Phone: 0300 123 2224

Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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