The Home Library Service is visiting villages and towns across Central Bedfordshire

Central Bedfordshire Council’s newsletter recently posted full details of this excellent free service:

Do you find it difficult to get to your local library?

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The Home Library Service is a library outreach service that is available to anyone who wants to read or listen to books but has difficulty visiting a library and has no-one able to choose and collect books for them.

The service is available to people of all ages including children as well as carers who may find it difficult to visit the library due to the nature of their caring duties.

The service covers all of Central Bedfordshire and is based at Flitwick Library.

How does the service work?

Every three weeks you will receive a bundle of upto 10 books or spoken word CDs selected by our staff based on what you like to read. These can include large print books as well as board books or picture books for children. Your book selection will be delivered directly to your home by our friendly delivery service.

Who is eligible?

The service is available to people of all ages who meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria.

  • You do not wish to visit a public space or building at this time due to Covid-19
  • Having a physical impairment that prevents you travelling to or accessing a library –such as difficulty walking or carrying books, sight problems.
  • Having special developmental needs that make it difficult for you to leave home alone –such as Autism, Asperger’s, and Downs Syndrome
  • Having a mental health condition that makes it difficult for you to leave home alone –such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Depression, Anxiety.
  • You are frail or in poor health -for example have cancer, diabetes, heart or lung disease, HIV, Parkinson’s
  • You need help to leave the house.
  • You are recovering from an operation and in need of short term help.
  • You are the main carer for someone affected by one of the above.

How do I join the Home Library Service?

The Home Library Service covers all of Central Bedfordshire and is based at Flitwick Library. If you or someone you know are interested in joining the Home Library Service please telephone Flitwick Library on 0300 300 8057 or  e-mail Flitwick.Library@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.