If you are flooded or at risk of flooding please see our latest information and advice

Latest information and advice

We are experiencing issues with some payments. We are working with our provider to resolve this.

Navigate this page
Back to Libraries


This service is available for people of any age, who may be confined to home

Get startedHow it worksWho the volunteers areGood Neighbour Scheme

Get started

Somerset Libraries provides a Home Library Service, 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 Kirsty Jenssen – email kjenssen@somerset.gov.uk  or phone 07814 079831.

How it works

When you contact us, we 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

Our volunteers have been DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked and have given references. They will ask you to give them some basic information when you request the service to help 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.

Last reviewed: August 1, 2023 by Helly

Next review due: February 1, 2024

Back to top