Oxfordshire County Council has recognised that some people across the county find it difficult to get to a local library to borrow books. To support these individuals and help them to keep reading, the Council provides a Home Library Service, with volunteers delivering and collecting library books from residences.
The service is provided free of charge and is suited for elderly people as well as those who find themselves temporarily house-bound due to illness or injury. Those with caring responsibilities are also welcome to apply for the service.
Customers, once signed up, can order a range of books – both large or regular print – as well as CDs, DVDs and audio books. Orders are delivered and collected every three weeks, usually by the same volunteer, and there is no charge for late returns. All volunteers are DBS-checked and carry identification badges, to keep customers safe.
If this sounds like a service that could suit you or someone you know, there are more details available on the County Council website or by contacting them directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 810259.
The Home Library Service is also always looking for more volunteers who can help deliver books. You would need to be prepared to have a DBS check and undertake some training ahead of starting as a volunteer. More information on this opportunity is also available on the County Council web page.
If you or someone you care for would welcome some help with using digital devices or the internet, why not sign up for a free support session in Eynsham?