A new name – but still a lifeline!

Our Home Library Direct service can help residents who are unable to visit the library.


Release date: 26 October 2018

Are you or anyone you know unable to visit the library?

West Sussex Libraries has a free service which can help!

Home Library Direct is the new name for the volunteer service which delivers books and audiobooks direct to people who are unable to visit their local library on a regular basis.

For example, people who can no longer go to the library because of age, mobility problems, disability, illness or caring responsibilities.

The service, which is on the lookout for new volunteers, had a new face delivering books this week – Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities.

Debbie met Joan, 91, who lives at a residential home in Shoreham.

Joan said: “The book service is wonderful. I used to read a lot but lost some of my sight a year ago. I listen to audiobooks. I particularly like romance ones. A good book helps take you away to another place. I put my headphones on and I can be away in a good book.”

Debbie said: “It was lovely meeting Joan today as well as the lady who delivers her audiobooks to her. Home Library Direct makes a real difference to many people who cannot access libraries. It is a fantastic service.”

Home Library Direct volunteers will deliver your choice of books, large print books and audiobooks. You can also reserve books online and use the free eLibrary to download:

  • eBooks 
  • eAudiobooks 
  • eMagazines

all from home.

Help is on offer for people who would like a bit of extra support accessing these services, just let the team know.

To sign up for Home Library Direct contact your local library for an application form or apply online.

If you would like to find out more about the service, including how you can become a volunteer, you can call us on 01243 642111, ask or visit your local library.

Debbie’s visit was made during West Sussex Care Month. The aim is to raise awareness about care and support available in the county. For more information see the Care Month page.

Photo caption: Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, meets Joan, 91, from Shoreham while delivering audiobooks as part of Home Library Direct.

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