Home Library Service

What is the Home Library Service and is it for me?

The Libraries Tasmania Home Library Service is a free and convenient way for homebound residents and carers to maintain a vital connection with all that the library offers. The library staff will help you select library materials for reading or listening, and these are regularly delivered to you by our volunteer couriers.

The Home Library Service is available if you:

  • have a temporary, recurring or permanent illness or disability which prevents visiting the library in person
  • can visit the library but are unable to carry library items home
  • live in a private home, aged care facility, hospital, hostel or supported accommodation house
  • provide daily care for someone with a disability, who has a medical condition, or who is frail or aged, and you are therefore unable to visit the library during opening hours

How do I join?

Contact your local library to register, or join online using the Home Library Service Application Form. We aim to provide a Home Library Service through all our sites around Tasmania.

When registering, we collect information that includes:

  • formats of library materials preferred. For example,
    • books
    • audiobooks on CD
    • magazines
    • CDs
    • DVDs
  • preferred genres and subjects
  • suitable day and times for a home visit by the courier
  • quantity and frequency of items needed
  • contact person in an emergency
  • access information. For example, where you would like the books delivered.

A Libraries Tasmania volunteer courier will deliver the library items to you

We rely on volunteer couriers to support our home library service clients. Our staff match a volunteer courier to you, and they become your regular contact. Where possible, couriers deliver to clients who live nearby. Or you may have a family member or friend who can collect and deliver the items for you. Couriers also deliver to aged care facilities.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer courier? More details can be found on our Volunteer with us page.

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