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. This includes 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.
For more information about this service contact the RVS – email Kirsty.Jenssen@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk or phone 07920 250834
How it works
The RVS will arrange for a volunteer to visit you. You can discuss what you like to read and the best times to visit you, usually on fortnightly or monthly basis. The volunteer will go to the library to choose your books and deliver them to you.
Volunteers can also support you in accessing free e-Books, e-Audiobooks and e-Magazines. They can also provide you with audio books, DVDs and other items. There is normally a charge for these items, though exemptions do apply for audio books if you are blind, partially sighted or have a condition that makes reading printed books difficult.
Who the volunteers are
RVS 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.
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’. They will then be able to choose and collect books and other items on your behalf.
Email us or speak to staff at your local library to sign up for the scheme.