Book a library delivery

PUBLISHED: 11:25 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:23 06 May 2010

RESIDENTS who are housebound or disabled will be able to access library services from the comfort of their own living rooms under a new delivery scheme. Hitchin Library s home deliveries will be available to people who cannot get to the library. To take p

RESIDENTS who are housebound or disabled will be able to access library services from the comfort of their own living rooms under a new delivery scheme.

Hitchin Library's home deliveries will be available to people who cannot get to the library.

To take part in the free scheme, users simply contact the library and they will make up a collection of books, talking books or music recordings.

These will be delivered and collected every fortnight or every month by a volunteer.

On offer will be large print books, novels, factual books, biographies, talking books and CDs.

Keith Emsall, Hertfordshire County Council's executive member for community safety said: "Being housebound and unable to get along to your local library should not mean that you have to do without books, CDs and other items that the service offers.

"Under the new scheme - which is also designed to help carers - it's as easy to borrow books as it is to order a delivery from your local supermarket, with the added advantage that it's free."

The library also offers Carer's Cards which allow the main carer of a housebound person to take out up to 24 items at once (12 for the carer and 12 for the person cared for).

Reader's Friend cards are also available for those who are not the main carer but wish to borrow items on behalf of a housebound person.

To find out more about the Home Library Service or to become a delivery volunteer, contact Hitchin Library on 01438 737333 or email hertsdirect@hertscc.gov.uk

More details can be found on the website, www.hersdirect.org/libraries

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