Libraries at Home

Aug 30, 2023 | Featured Articles, Interviews

 

 

Libraries at Home

Aug 30, 2023 | Featured Articles, Interviews

Our libraries are a powerful resource that also serve as the hub of our local communities. Losing something so meaningful due to mobility or ill-health can be devastating. Thanks to the Home Library Service, access to all the benefits of your local library doesn’t have to stop just because you can no longer get out of the house.

The Home Library Service is a partnership with Devon Libraries, funded by Libraries Unlimited. A team of volunteers enable free library access for Devon residents who may suffer from long-term illness, disability, or are too frail to get out and about, by helping to bring the library to your home.

There is no age restriction, or necessity to be deemed housebound. The service even applies to those with caring responsibilities who are also affected.

With over 30 libraries across Devon fully adopting the scheme, there’s a huge area of coverage across the county. From these libraries, teams of volunteers work together with library staff to take books, audiobooks, movies and other services to the home of the person in need – free of charge. 

Large print books are also available for a number of fiction and non-fiction titles.

The service is proving to be hugely beneficial to both volunteers and those who are receiving the books. Volunteers create real bonds with their designated reader and although not specifically required, they are often happy to spend time socialising with the client they’re delivering to. The mutual love of reading creates great relationships, as well as offering regular visits which is highly beneficial to those confined to their home.

Volunteers also undergo DBS checks and full training is given.

If you want to find out more about the Home Library Service for you or someone you care about, or want to get involved with volunteering as a Home Library Service volunteer, either ask within your local library, call 0345 155 1001 or visit www.devonlibraries.org.uk/web/arena/health-homelibraryservice

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